Is this a song title that you know? A dear friend of mine, Linwood Bell, here in Nevada, has just finished creating an arrangement of this song for the great vocalist, Josh Groban. This creation is to be used on-stage, in his current show. An arrangement such as this ensures that the whole orchestra or band, can pull together, play together, and produce a powerful rendition of the chosen song. It’s a huge responsibility, because it takes the lyrics and the music of the original composition and surrounds and supports the emotion of the presentation. A great arrangement can even inspire the performance of the artist. In business, if you work on a team you are also part of a band. If you lead a team you are truly an arranger. How well you work at your craft can be seen in the response of your associates to the tasks at hand; their performance.
If you are a member of a family you are definitely in a band. Nothing makes beautiful music like a family that works together, grows together, and celebrates the dynamics of the music of life. A great parent/arranger learns to create ways to bring and hold the family together in the best of times and the worst of times.
Think back to one of your favorite songs. Pull it out, put on your head phones, and listen to it again. This time, listen for the arrangement and experience how much more there is to a memorable piece of music. As you hear the song again for the first time, ask yourself; do I remember when it rained? The applause at the end of Josh’s performance is the reward for everyone: the performer, the orchestra, the stage hands, and, of course, the arranger!
Let’s make some inspiring music this week…
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