My vocal teams developed a strategy for improvement. We would record the vocals at each service with no instruments around them. Just our raw voices with no love placed on the reverb knobs. I tell you what. Things get exposed. When it comes down to it, the vocals sound great with the band behind us. But when you take the beauty of the music away, you get raw, uninhibited, authenticity. I am convinced that this is true in all areas of life. Take one hour of my day today for example. I walk into the office for rehearsal with my shaved head and black framed glasses while my shirt that is one size too small lays neatly in it’s “Accidental Lazy Tuck” position. I have my hat pulled way down over my eyes and I proceed to sing this new song for the team with this nice raspy sexy voice. So what would the Authentic Carlos have looked like in that moment in time?
I would have walked into the office with my receding hair line and no glasses because I can see just fine without them. I would wear the extra large shirt my body obviously fits into without trying to look “buffer” in a smaller shirt. I would have completely tucked in my shirt only to show the world the fat that actually hangs over my belt buckle. I would have sang the melody to the song 2 keys lower than I rehearsed it because the truth is, I’m a baritone anyways. I would then admit that the song would sound better if a chic sang it and give away the glory of the tune with a murmer under my breath.
Man. That is an ugly reality. But it is true. Who we are under all the “music” is who we must get to know or we lose ourselves to the ideals of society. I’m not saying I am against fashion and looking cool. Tomorrow I will again resume the “make sure you can see my white belt tuck”. But we have to be OK with our Authentic selves. The flabby out of shape studs and dames we are. As long as we are comfortable with ourselves in God’s eyes then let the messy tucks and black outfits hide all the fat they were meant to hide. I just think that we spend too much time “behind the music” when the reality is, we would be healthier living our life a cappella once or twice a month.
Considering the Side Tuck,