This year was definitely an extremely busy and hectic year. First, at the begining of the year we had TATLO, the third instalment of our combined choir concert with Ateneo Chamber Singers from the Philippines and Gaia from Japan. Then, once back in Singapore, it was time to gear up for the March concert with Steve Dobrogosz. After which, we had to prepare for a choir competition, Mundus Cantat in Poland, and then upon returning back to Singapore, it was preparation again for our year-end concert, which had a conductor exchange whereby we had Ko Matsushita coming over to Singapore with some Gaia members to have our YoKoso! concert in July! Wow, just typing all these out really made me wonder how I have managed to ‘survive’ this year. 😄 Well, it was hard and tough, BUT, it was super amazingly awesome and was definitely a wonderful experience. I wouldn’t trade those wonderful memories for anything in the world!! 🙂
Okay, but back to reality, this year is my 4th and final year in University, and it has made it much harder to make time for choir already. With all the immense workload and deadlines that I had to meet, for the first time since I joined the choir in 2007 April, I had to miss one performance/event with SYC Ensemble Singers!! That gig was the Rothko Chapel performance, which we were supposed to perform together with people from YST. I was feeling a little disappointed that I had to miss out on that performance, however, looking from another perspective, it was an opportunity for me to take a short breather after such a hectic year in choir.
So, your might ask, what exactly do all these things have in relation to the entry title? Well, basically what I would like to say is that sometimes, when we are all so busy with choir events, gigs and performances, we might ‘lose’ our way, and start to lose the very thing that made us love singing… the passion, the thirst of knowledge. Well, I had the firsthand experience after I had to take leave away from choir for about 2 weeks to prepare for my exams. As the saying goes, “Absence make the heart grow fonder”, and in my case, absence from choir make me realise that I really miss choir a lot, not just the people, the music, but really just getting to sing together with other people and make wonderful music!! It is times like this that it gives you the chance to step back and take a look and ponder exactly what we are looking for through singing in the choir. This is something that we people in a result-oriented country like Singapore might be very susceptible to experiencing.
Okay, I am not like encouraging people from choirs to start taking leave and breaks just to get the passion- for-singing feeling back again. Lolx, conductors will just KILL me for that… 😄 But, what I feel is that sometimes, we just need to occasionally take a step back and evaluate ourselves, our lives and the purpose of what we are doing. This doesn’t have to apply just to choral singing only… Take it as an opportunity to rethink and reorganize ourselves, so that we are better able to handle the various curveballs that are thrown our way.
May everyone soon find their way back in life, and be on track to hitting homeruns again. Cheers~ 🙂
“DO RE MI FA SO LA TI DO!”