The power of music cannot be overemphasised nor its impact undermined. One of the strongest weapons to cause change and redirect the trajectory of life and people is with music.
It’s amazing how music can unify a people no matter the genre or style, and under the influence of the sound they all forget their differences and congregate together with one voice. The Messiah’s Marathon Praise of this year which was held last week is a typical example of the force of unity experienced by people scattered all across the globe.
Messiah’s Marathon Praise was a platform that was raised a few years back to celebrate God’s faithfulness in the life of the General Overseer of the Redeemed Christian Church of God. I belong to that fold and I was privileged to be among the many artists that featured.
It also happened to be my first time performing on the platform. It was 76hours non-stop praise and thanksgiving to God featuring hundreds of hundreds of performing acts within Nigeria and as far as Australia and the far end. It was a platform to showcase diverse talents within the body of Christ.
With the array of different artists performing round the clock, I was a little bit timid about myself and my team, because of the kind of genre of music I perform, even though I lead worship on different occasion and at different platforms, I had decided with my team members that we wouldn’t perform the regular style that was expected of everybody else but that we would stick to our style.
That decision was rather a tough one, did we stay true to our decision? Not one hundred percent, at the end of our segment, and watching the playback, I would say that it wasn’t the regular direction after all.
I learnt one or two major life lessons from that experience, which I will never forget.
Be secure in your assignment.
It does not matter, if there are a million people doing the kind of music you are doing, the truth of the matter is that no other person will be able to do that same thing the way you will do yours. So be assured that you are distinguished among the rest, because of the combination of everything that makes you – uniquely you. You must always project your own unique sound, even a hundred of you are singing the same song!
You may have countless music role models but you don’t want to sound like them such that you are lost in the midst of trying to sing or perform like them. BE ORIGINAL and embrace your originality with candour.
There will always be a set time.
When the platform started many years back, I remember always desiring to have the opportunity to perform. I was close to getting a slot last year but somehow it slipped through. A little disappointed but I didn’t allow it to get to me. Of course when you understand that there is a time and a season for every activity under the sun. what you need to do is to keep on working on yourself and on your craft, another opportunity might just be around the corner.
Don’t be discouraged when your time has not come, Don’t sell yourself short trying to be like any other. Just be you in your gifts, talents and potentials. Embrace your uniqueness and let it reflects on the quality of your service to God and humanity.
Your Friend… musically