Hi everyone! This weekend my daughter competed in the Regional Bands of America competition in Pleasant Hill, California. The good news is that they won their class and the final competition. They also won in all the competition categories. So that was very exciting. But that isn’t what I want to talk about.
I’m new to marching band competitions. When watching, I find that I enjoy some things and not others, but these may or may not be associated with what the bands get judged on. I can hear when there’s a major problem, or when there’s a serious issue on the marching, but mostly I just watch and marvel at the performances.
Now, you may or may not know this, but parents help get a lot of the equipment and props onto the field and off. I was helping set the tarp. It was a huge compass rose that covered the center of the field. It was heavy and had to be rolled out on a cart, then pulled off, unfolded, and centered, and then taped down. All in less than a minute.
So we’re standing in what amounts to the wings of the stadium as the band before us performs. One of the parents is a music teacher. She and one of the staff members of the band winced as they listened. I asked what was wrong and they both said “Out of tune.” I didn’t hear it. Both started talking about how it’s hard to enjoy shows because they hear all the problems and see them if they are watching.
That made me think about reading. A lot of writers have trouble disengaging from the editor/writer side of things in order to read for pleasure. They constantly notice any little problems in the writing. It makes it hard to enjoy a story, sometimes. Now I can generally go into reader mode and just enjoy. That is, unless I stumble over an issue that’s too egregious to ignore. Or an issue that hits my irritation trigger. Like, for instance, incorrect facts.
I wonder how many other fields have this issue? Is it limited to creative endeavors? I can think of some sports that definitely have this issue. Gymnastics, for one, and ice skating pop to mind.
Are you able to read just to enjoy? When can’t you?