You just might be the most creative person in your chorus. (At least that you know of.)
But remember the fun of sharing ideas and hearing more? Those proverbial “brainstorming” sessions that likely get out of control? The “I wish I’d thought of that sooner” moments? The value is immeasurable, when teamwork is involved.
“The important thing,” Ursula K. Le Guin wrote in contemplating the cultural role of speculative fiction and the task of its writer, “is not to offer any specific hope of betterment but, by offering an imagined but persuasive alternative reality, to dislodge my mind, and so the reader’s mind, from the lazy, timorous habit of thinking that the way we live now is the only way people can live.”
Let me replace just a few critical words, and read this again:
“The important thing…is not to offer any specific hope of betterment but, by offering imagined but persuasive alternative rehearsals, dislodge all our minds from the lazy, skittish habit of thinking that the way we rehearse now is the only way choruses can rehearse.”
It CAN be different. And different is stimulating.
Different is sometimes a step into the unknown. It can also be the door to the next adventure, the next growth spurt, the next “ah ha!” moment.
So then, what fuels creativity? Freshness, adventure, challenge, effort, diversity, education, fun…the choices are anything but “the same old” as you did last week. Don’t pass the opportunity by!