Guest Hector5 Posted May 31, 2009 Share Posted May 31, 2009 An explanation first - I used to have a modest-sized faith, nothing great, just enough to get me through. My playing was pretty much top-notch, improvisations pretty much inspired. At every service I tried to give people a lift, a sense of musical heaven on earth. Following a sequence of events - personal tragedy, advent of a new priest who I really can't see eye to eye with, I really appear to have completely lost it. My playing is generally ok, nothing inspired. Improvisation is workaday, again nothing to write home about. In short do you think that a loss of faith can affect your playing, or can you survive without it? Don't get me wrong, I love playing at church, and playing in general. Occasionally there are flashes of inspiration that show the old me is still there - although these are generally when my incumbent is not around. Please let's not get into an incumbent bashing session at this point. We have agreed to disagree, and basically we get on. I think the 'cutting off' from the faith aspect is certainly a pretty good defence mechanism in my case as I get less steamed up about the things organists get steamed up about. The fact that I think the way I play matters, is probably a good sign, but do any of you suffer from similar problems. I really don't intend for this to be a fun post, as I really would value people's comments on this. If you were a clergy 'person' and were faced with a well qualified musician without a faith, would you employ him/her? Hector - from the couch Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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