Recently, I wrote the power of choirs and the power of handbells which received lots of views. It seemed to be topics that resonated with many readers, and the reason I wrote them is because they resonated with me. In music, choirs and handbells bring things that not many other groups can bring. But if you really want to sum it up, it’s the power of community.
About 2 years ago, I received an e-mail from author and blogger Jon Acuff. I was on his e-mail list, and he sent out an e-mail asking for volunteers to go on an adventure. What came out of that adventure was a Facebook community called Dreamers and Builders. In Jon’s recent book “Do-Over” he mentioned all of us by name in the back of the book (one of many good reasons to pick up the book!). But this community was established and once it was, it organically took on a life of its own. Creative people, and people like me who had creativity inside of them, but didn’t know where to begin with it, came together and shared ideas. One of the most positive things that I saw in this group was the encouragement. There were many times personally, I wanted to give up my ideas, because I was frustrated, impatient, and not really seeing the progress that I thought I should be seeing. But, because of these encouragers, I kept at it. I kept learning, I kept working. I kept dreaming, and I kept praying. And the journey keeps going.
When it comes to choirs, be it handbell, vocal, or any other group, there is a community that is powerful. There is a connection and a strength that comes when people work together for a common goal. Community brings strength. Community brings connection. Community will not let people fall by the wayside. Community encourages and says “you can do it”.
But even more than a community in whatever group you are in, as a musician, you are part of a greater community. The community of musicians. And that is a vast resource to draw from. And that’s my heart and vision for www.harmannymusic.com. A place where musicians, of all abilities and whatever setting they are in, can come together and share ideas, resources, songs and struggles and joys. There is a great power in community. I’ve been blessed by being a struggling music director, reaching out to the greater community of directors for ideas and resources and encouragement. It is my hope and prayer that Harmanny Music be can that place for all musicians, specifically for you.
Community is powerful. We are created for community. We need that network of support around us. As musicians, we can make music on our own, but there is much more than can be done when you are in community.