[ ] FROM THE EDITOR’S DESK
Every issue of In Tune published this school year has featured a soloist on its cover. Oh, they all play with other musicians, but each is the engine of their own music. This month, we’ve featured a singing ensemble, and it made us think about the act of making music in groups. It really is a unique thing. You may be familiar with the feeling, if you’re in your school’s band or chorus, when a group locks into the music and really sounds great, but our thought is about the kinds of groups created by students themselves. Whether a duo, trio or a 10-piece with a horn section, there’s something special about agreeing on the players, choosing the music, wrangling the gear and then nailing a performance, all on your own.
People in the media have begun inserting the question, “What’s the first thing you’re going to do when you don’t have to worry about COVID,” etc., into their interviews. Celebrity’s answers are usually about travel or their favorite restaurants; “hug my grandma,” aways gets a nice “awwww.” But, we’re thinking that, upon release from the clutches of quarantine, a perfect thing for kids who’ve been cooped up at home to do is to start a band. If you play an instrument or sing, it’ll make you better, but there are so many other psychic benefits.
If you’ve been an In Tune reader for any length of time, you might recall famous artists saying that they didn’t play their instruments particularly well when their band started, and that that was okay. Pick music you can master, whatever the skill level you’re at. Don’t have the gear? Borrow it.Work to afford it. Don’t let that stop you. Need a practice space? Find it. Use your school after hours.Try your church. Someone’s got to know someone with a space. Get creative.The joy…yes joy, is worth it.You get to hang out with friends, or with people who will likely become friends, and make your own decisions.
Post a “musicians wanted” message on a bulletin board (the kind that needs push pins), or an online message board or social media, or ask a music teacher to recommend potential bandmates. Reach out. Let people know the kind of music you like, and would like to make. If you do, someday you will look back on band practices, and gigs, as the times of your life.Truth. ●
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