It is a peculiar thing for me to be still in the month of October. This is normally the time of year when I am at my most creative, my most busy, and yes, my most stressed.
For thirty years, I have been involved with a holiday production of some sort, whether it be as a Performer, a Musical Theater Director, a Singer, or as an Executive Director of my ever-precious chorus, “Voices of Distinction...”.
For twelve years, “Voices” has been known to present one of the area’s most unique holiday offerings to their audience; ninety minutes of cleverly woven, emotionally relevant, and spiritually uplifting choral music which has been the trademark of the “little chorus with a heart”.
This year, I am called to be quiet. I am called to be still, to listen, and to hear what God is calling me to do, and to be. I cannot be the maestro of this chorus, the administration behind the event, the spiritual leader, and at the same time expect to be granted wisdom or understanding of the next step of my personal journey.
Many in the chorus wish I hadn't chosen NOW to discern my next step. They would be perfectly happy to be in rehearsal right now. I’m not in charge of “when”, but I am in control of when I choose to listen. That time is now.
It saddens me to tell you that there will be no presentation of “Peace on Earth...the Sounds of Christmas” this season. In a purely selfish desire, I truly hope that you, our audience will miss it terribly; for that will mean we've been doing something right, something worthwhile, something good, something important. If it has been any of that for you, please let me know either via email, or calls, or letters. It will validate our return, or guide me to make different decisions in the future.
I don’t plan on disappearing forever, just for now. I hope that this holiday season holds for you much joy, peace, and uplifting beauty. Know that in our absence, you are held in prayer, cared for, and appreciated by me, and I know, my beloved chorus. I hope that you too, can have a moment of solitude, beautiful silence, and have a “Be still, and know that I am God” reflection that will make you think of us...and smile.
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Rest in Peace Dear Bruce. We will never be the same for loving you, and for losing you.