Joining a new group of people singing can be interesting as an alto. I love harmonizing, and I am not often alone in that. Though others may not hear it, there is a feeling out of sorts happening while you’re singing that lovely praise tune.
It may sound like many harmonies–really, it is likely that the harmonizers are just trying to find each other. We get to know each other, looking for that sweet spot where my favorite style of harmonizing meets yours without clashing. Where we hear who hits the intentional clash note and where they choose to resolve that note–and how we can either get on their track or support what their doing in another way.
The wandering altos seek to know each others’ style while maintaining the favorite approaches to worship songs.
The image seared into my brain how the church is much the same. We all hear the melody of God, but we are walking around trying to figure out our place in the musical score. Are we melody lines, harmony lines, and what kind of group is “like us” in the chorus? How can we individually keep our callings while collectively making incredible music? How do we set aside our own desired blend for the sake of the greater song?
All of this, that we may represent well what it means to be part of the bride of Christ. Good thing we have a Holy Spirit conductor or we would be a mess.
“There is one body and one Spirit, just as you were called in one hope of your calling; one Lord, one faith, one baptism; one God and Father of all, who is above all, and through all, and in youall.” –Ephesians 4:4-6, NKJV
Image by Gina Read