As I was doing my early morning scrolling through Facebook, I came across a video. It had the title of “She set up on the street and proceeds to destroy everything you thought you knew about the clarinet”. Interesting, yes. But in the explanation, it says she’s from New Orleans. Watch the video.
It was obvious to me that this woman had a gift. And had put in work. So, I did a small amount of looking. Her name is Doreen Ketchens and she has been called “The female Louis Armstrong”. High praise when you live in the city of New Orleans! You can take a look at ther website here.
As I was thinking about it, she is using her gifts in a unique way. Yes, she’s a highly trained, professional musician who has performed for 4 Presidents. Yet, the love and passion for music leads her to make that music wherever she is and to use those gifts. This isn’t a highly paid gig, there’s a bucket that people are putting money in! But I really don’t think that’s the point. When you love music and you love making music, there isn’t a venue that you won’t share that love in.
That leads me to thinking about the church and music in the church. Many of the musicians that show up to rehearsals, or play their instruments in worship aren’t the most professional or polished. Their musicianship may not be of the highest caliber. However, if we who are leaders of music ministry see that passion and that desire and encourage them to take those gifts, work with them and better those gifts, you never know what may come!
So be inspired by Doreen. But realize that she didn’t wake up one morning and was able to play and sing like that. That took practice and training. That took time. But when you take that time to prepare and train, you can share that gift in so many ways. I am reminded of a saying that my grandmother always said to me. “Good, better, best. Never let it rest. Until the good is better and the better is best.” As musicians, that is what we should strive for. The best we possibly can do.