Living in the in-between
It’s easter and I’ve realized my posting has been erratic. There have been a few lessons that I’ve learned as of late and I would be neglected if I, at least, didn’t get them down on ‘paper’. I DJ’ed a EDM (Electronic Dance Music, aka ‘Techno’) night at InterVarsity last Thursday. It was my first time doing it though I’ve done sound for a while, have a passion for electronic music and a good solid setlist to play with. I have to say, for the majority of the people there being ufamiliar with the music it went off pretty well.
One thing I did notice that was a lesson for me was the mixing. Music often is an easy metaphor for life lessons and this is no different. EDM DJ’s have this unique ability to create something new during a setlist and often are called artists, and rightfully so. Taking elements of sounds, multiple tracks and occasional instruments they can take existing pieces of music and develop them into something fresh and new in front of a crowd. There is an element of performance within a typical DJ’s set.
I did my best, but I’m not going to pretend that I’m anywhere near proficent. But one thing I did notice was that I was a bit nervous mixing initially and desired to get to the next track quickly and so transitions were quick. As the evening progressed, I stayed a bit longer on existing tracks and then brought in the new track at the same time and sat there for a minute. There were times where it was beautiful and times when it was not so much, but it was always nerve wracking for me. But my willingness to stay in that dissonance really wasn’t there and I challenged myself to stay there a bit.
Today’s Easter and the talk at church today is about the promise of the life to come and living in the now but not-yet.
Life, in general, for me is in an in-between season. We’re ‘paper pregnant’ and expecting an adopted daughter soon (Lord willing a refferal will come sometime this summer). I’m in my 30s and definately in the throws of mid-life, Lord willing, and at the very least ‘an adult’ (I think).
So, I’m learning to be patient musically and in life and to watch in these moments rather than just let them go bumping past.