From: Jeff Davidson, Chapter President, April, 2015
A couple months ago I was attending a conference in Manhattan, and happened to pick up a local magazine featuring an interview with one of the K-State Singers. This is a show choir at Kansas State University (see below) comprised of 16 young men and women. The young lady being interviewed spoke of the tremendous good feeling, the “rush” of being on stage and singing to the audience. It made her feel “so alive” to just sing. It was a great article about a young lady that so clearly enjoyed being a part of K-State Singers and was so enthusiastic about singing and sharing her talent with audiences.
Wow! It was just uplifting to read about someone so passionate about what they did. But then, it made me think. Do I feel this way when I get on stage? Geez, maybe not. Did I ever feel that way? Well, yes I think so – other than the stage jitters, it used to be rather electrifying to perform. As I thought about it more I realized that I needed to upgrade my attitude, regain that passion to perform. The next gig is not just another gig, it’s a very special one, a chance to perform to a special audience and engage them in the songs that I sing.
As I look through the WMA membership, I see that I’m not the oldest member, certainly not the youngest, but on the average our membership is a little “long in the tooth.” We’ve been singing or reciting poems to audiences for 40 plus years. It’s easy to lose your edge, get a little complacent, or even kind of wishing you didn’t have that upcoming gig. It’s simply impossible to electrify an audience when you’re low on juice. So – how do you stay juiced? Read articles about performers such as the young K-State singer. Find some new material (or write some) that is electrifying to you. Interact with other performers by attending the upcoming WMA-KS meeting at the Prairie Rose – and be prepared to share during our “jam” session. Success is seldom achieved alone and visiting with “like minded” folks is always helpful. Even at our age, continuing to learn and building on what we’ve previously accomplished is still required. We wouldn’t want it any other way – it’s what makes it fun and keeps us young.
The “Singing Ambassadors” of Kansas State University, K-State Singers is a show choir comprised of both music and non-music majors. Since 1954, the K-State Singers have been performing in cities across the United States as well as cities around the globe. The "Singers" have dazzled their audiences and shared their love of music with thousands every year. The group performs multiple concerts throughout the school year.
Quote Worth Re-Quoting –
"Success is simply a matter of luck. Ask any failure." ~ Earl Wilson