Over the years I have had the opportunity to go into a studio and record music. In doing so I have worked with a number of great musicians and vocalists. Great musicians can make even a person with modest talent sound good. I am no stand-out singer or guitar player. I can hold my own in most situations but I can say it this way, I should not quit my day job to pursue a music vocation. Yet, by collaborating with others, I become better.
Working on a project in the studio is a fulfilling experience. In many ways recording for music is like a blank canvas. The best part is working with others. We genuinely collaborate on a song, nuancing various aspects and “rifts”, adding parts and instruments, using digital effects to enhance the sound. The process to a finished work is thrilling!
To get there you have to collaborate, listen to each other, take suggestions and criticisms all to make the finished product the best it can be.
Reflection: With whom are you collaborating? Who are you making better by your very presence and the offering of your particular experience, insight and talent?
The Canterbury Mission requires a great deal of collaboration. People participate by giving of themselves to this work. Many make a financial contribution (that is what the 40 days of funding is all about). We get criticism from our guests, often helpful reflections on how we can improve what we do. Others see a need and provide the remedy in the gift of a needed appliance or fixture or they roll up their sleeves and pick up a tool to fix something themselves.
Collaboration makes Canterbury better. We need the wisdom, insight and assistance of others. It makes a difference.