I have caught word that a child is using his imagination and I’ve come to put a stop to it.Principal Skinner
Remarkable how accurately The Simpsons writers reflected our farcical realities.
But that child is now a grown consumer.
…and about to rediscover Classical Music.
Are you ready for that?
We don’t get to dictate who is allowed to enjoy art. There is a contradictory message in saying art is everywhere, everyone has the potential for creative expression and engages in it more often than they realized…and then put out a call for all that to be withdrawn.
There are three stages to setting up any new adventure, especially one involving a group of people.
- The idea
- Turning the idea into reality
- Implementing the program
Right now, a team I am involved with is hurtling towards stage 3 and it has been a wonderful journey.
Not everything has been smooth sailing, but most fascinating is realizing the similarities between forming the Dunedin Music Society as a public charity, and just about every other musical ensemble or non-musical program I have witnessed being created.
Here are seven points you might find useful when you find yourself bringing a group of people together for the first time:
People’s minds are changed through observation and not through argument.
If it’s getting late and I really need to get some sleep I really should not click on your latest offerings here [on your Facebook page]. If I do, bells & whistles always go off in my brain & I’m up for hours thinking, when I should be sleeping. I look really worn out but I feel smarted. Thank you.
We all have strengths and weaknesses – things we are good at and things we are not so good at.
- Businesses do SWOT analyses.
- Individuals take personality tests.
- Some organizations encourage their members to take a Spiritual Gifts test.
If you are a musician or a supporter of live music, what are your industry-related strengths and weaknesses?
Wouldn’t it be a dream if we could combine some of the latest practical psychological research with the most realistic music research conducted in recent years?
I like making dreams come true, so I did. And now YOU get to benefit!
“Great time conducting the Dunedin Concert Band; very nice bunch of fine musicians! Their director, Stephen Brown, is happenin’.”