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?

2 thoughts on “An organist’s dilemma…

  1. Just tell the out-of-tuners that they may be able to hear you – but you can’t really hear them – and the point of having musical accompaniment is to set the pace and enhance the experience for all (but presumably primarily for God…riff-raff come lower in the pecking order). You don’t want to drown them out – but if they don’t keep time with you – it is they who are wrong, not you. Breathing is generally useful to ensure everyone gets to the end of the hymn… and the service. The End.

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