Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Blogging like a Church Choir Soprano

You clench your jaw and your hands clutch the edge of the pew as the choir anthem approaches its climax. Covering your ears would be a more effective way to block what you know is coming, but obviously rude. Maybe if someone else made the move first ... In the pew ahead of you, the man's shoulders scrunch but won't reach his ears.

And then that soprano hits the dreaded note. Rather, she warbles around the high G but never quite touches it, and you feel your eyes wobble around in your head like a ball on a trampoline.

Sopranos are the stars of the show, right? The music is all about them. How many of you know what I'm talking about? You know, that church choir soprano who thinks she's marvelous and sings out for the world to hear but leaves people cringing in their pews.

Oh yeah, I've known a few.

For the record, I am a church choir soprano. I've always loved singing in choirs where I'm able to use the gift God gave me while blending in. I've had my share of solos, but I'd much rather be one voice with thirty others than draw attention to myself. While to some degree, everyone wants attention, I greatly dislike being the center of attention. I like blending in.

Those of us who blog know what it's like to blend in with a cacophony of voices. I'm *comfortable* in not having that soprano solo, but if I'm to be a successful author, I have to get over that. I need to get my name out there. The problem is, I'm afraid I'll blog like that church choir soprano. In my attempt to be heard, I question whether I'm striking all the wrong notes. Are my topics boring? Am I becoming annoying? Where do I draw the line with self promotion? Is it better to blend in, or stick out by singing badly?

Do I take a deep breath and aim for that high note? Even if my voice is wobbly, at least I'll be heard.

Is that better than not being heard at all?

As an aside, one of the greatest experiences I've had as a choir member was at the 60th Anniversary Celebration (October 2009) for KTIS (a local Christian radio station begun by Billy Graham). My husband and I and a handful of members from my church choir had the honor of singing in a 1000 voice choir that backed up Michael W. Smith. It was an amazing evening of worship, emceed by Matthew West, that also included music by Phil Stacey. Below is a video of our choir anthems.


  1. The beauty of "flying" solo is it's yours to shine or fail. You know, Bren, you'll never please everyone, but with blogging you'll please those who are drawn to your perspectives, humor, passions. It's your call, and you can finally exhibit some independence from "the writing crowd" without throwing stones at them (like I sometimes do : / ). You do a good job anyway, so no worries. Be you. That's enough in your case.

    Wow, that choir of many did a great job (and I confess I'm not big on choirs). Glad you could be a part of it.

    1. Good advice, Nicole. Guess I'll just keep being me. :) Maybe what I have to keep in mind is, when I write the piece that merits solo attention, I need to sing it out. Don't think I've done that ... yet.

      Singing with that choir was a WoW experience. I'm not a cryer, but praising God with 1000 others as one voice did have me choking up.

  2. I think that's the key too, Brenda. Just stay true to yourself and your God. There are enough blogs to meet everyone's needs and yours has its own niche. And I'd add too -- like your soprano analogy, don't fear to share with gusto BUT be sensitive to advice you get from people in the know (and who have your best interests at heart.)

    1. "...be sensitive to advice you get from people in the know..." Wise words, Kav, for any endeavor.