Daily Archives: April 27, 2009

An organist’s dilemma…

Who sets the speed?

I am about to do battle with those who think if they don’t like my speed, if they sing loudly enough, and fast enough, (and we have two or three seriously loud, but somewhat untuneful singers, who dominate…) I will follow suit.

I didn’t, and I won’t. Not if that happens.

I’m not exactly slow, either. I’m all for a good, brisk pace, especially for longer hymns. I also very often sing along if I know it off by heart, (and when the sole word is “Alleluia”…) so I can allow for breathing breaks, something I’m not inclined to do if I just play.

I’m also aware of the underlying issues about control and power at the moment, which are legion.

But, I’m not going to play so fast that most people can’t sing or breathe, nor will I be bullied into something that my professional judgement says is wrong, by a group of people with other issues.

Any contributions to my thoughts before I have to go to choir practice later in the week?