Today, Andrew and I did a Summerglen Duo show for a wonderful group, the Keenagers of White Memorial Presbyterian Church here in Raleigh. We had such a great time playing for the Keenagers, and it was especially nice having the chance to get to know some of them after our performance.
This was one of those shows where the audience made it a pleasure for us to perform. They were an appreciative audience, and they didn’t hesitate to interact with us, make comments, and ask questions. Performers and audiences have a unique relationship; we share energy and enthusiasm with each other. Today, the audience brought an open and welcoming feeling to the room, and made a good performance even better!
I especially enjoyed the questions the audience asked–like about how the trombone works, why Andrew has so many mallets, and how we orchestrate music for our funky combination of instruments. It was refreshing, because it reminded us that what we do is unique and special, and that we have talents to be grateful for. When you’re around music all day, every day, doing things like paring down a symphonic piece to fit a trombone/marimba duet is “just something you do.” But the questions reminded us to cherish the stuff we do instead of take it for granted.
After our show, the Keenagers fed us! White Memorial Presbyterian Church now officially holds the record for the tastiest mashed potatoes and green beans we Summerglen-ers have ever eaten. And so we have to say, best show of the week!