What Improvisation, Art, and Music Can Teach Us About Delivering Great Sermons
My three younger cousins are extraordinarily gifted musically. I am fascinated by the brand of art that they can deliver. As they talked about that art after dinner tonight, I noticed incredibe applications to pastors and anyone who communicates for a living. See if you don’t agree.
The following are their quotes and insights:
- Preparation is HUGE. To develop a great melody, you must already know the notes so you can find them easily.
- When you are thinking of a melody, it is still in your mind. You must have talent and preparation to get it into the real world.
- I love the mind but if I can’t get it into the real world did it ever exist?
- Good music hypnotizes the audience. The best music hypnotizes the artists.
- The audience always responded better when we played as it they weren’t there.
- Most people will play good stuff when they are playing simply for the audience. But when you playing for the sake of the music, you’re trying to do justice to the music and you will play your best stuff.
- When bands have a good time with the audience, it’s because they know the audience respects them. But they do their music not for the audience but for themselves and for the music.
- People talk about putting on a show. They tell you to interact with the audience. The audience will get more excited when the artists interact with each other.
- When you meet someone with the same ideas as you, you don’t have to worry about pleasing them. You can just share.
- I have never gotten to the place I want to musically…But I love being around people who are that good.
- We often play better for people we don’t know because we don’t have to live up to the expectations of those who know us. We can’t cut loose and play whatever we want to.
- In practice, you’re in control and you know what you have to do. In performance, you have to surrender the music and let it do what it does. You can’t get in the way of it.
- I don’t play music as much as music plays me.
What is one lesson you have learned that will help you improve your communication skills and approach today?
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