Our goal was to "relax into the music" -- to really let go and perform our best. Speaking for myself, I was not able to do that fully. So while I'm very proud of the quartet, I know my "product" was not all I wanted to it to be.
But, I've realized in the past couple days that that is part of the journey too.
It's a thrill to watch/hear an amazing performance, where the quartet or chorus blows the doors off the hall and sings a personal best! We've all felt those goosebumps. And I assume most of us can also relate to that little feeling of rising panic inside a performer, when she realizes the "big moment" is not as good as the last rehearsal.
The theme for Region 23's Contest was "Six Minutes of Magic!" And for many of the competitors, it truly was. The Rising Star champs, Moonlit Melodies, were extraordinary. Each of the top 5 quartets gave us thrills and chills, both at contest and the afterglow. TuneTown sang the stuffing out of a tender and luscious ballad, then rocked the house with their uptune. Azalea City's unencumbered JOY when they were announced as Most Improved was wonderful to witness. I could go on. And on.
And while many competitors had the magic of a peak performance, some had that near-miss experience that makes you a little disheartened... and a LOT ready to start working for the next opportunity to show everyone your best work.
It's "Six Minutes of Magic" - but it's also only 6 minutes. There are, as they remind us in Rent, 525,600 minutes in a year. We quartet for the joy and friendship and song....for all of those thousands of minutes...no matter the outcome of the 6 on stage.
Our goal for 2011 is to improve not just the 6 minutes you'll see and hear at contest, but all of the minutes we spend together. We wish you the same!