Back in January I became a rock star. For about 35 minutes.
When told that I’d be making my singing debut in front of roughly 400 people, my friend Dan had the best reaction.
“Wow,” he said, “I didn’t know you had it in you.”
Fact is, I don’t, really.
There are no delusions of grandeur here. I would never make it beyond the judge’s table of American Idol. Heck, who am I kidding? The producers would screen me out long before that, and not just because I’m too old.
Still, a friend was in a bind and needed a vocalist. He knew I had been on stage before, and thought maybe I could help.
Sure, Andy. Invite the hard-of-hearing introvert to be your lead singer.
But hey, when a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity like this presents itself, I figured I’d be crazy not to jump at the chance. After all, who wouldn’t want to be a rock star for one night?
I let the band know that I’d come out to one rehearsal and give it a try. They could choose not to invite me back, and I would not be offended.
To my surprise, I was invited to the next rehearsal.
When it became clear that I was going to be the lead vocalist, I decided to make the most of it. I ordered some online voice lessons to help me with my range and overall comfort level. I practiced and experimented. I reviewed other performers to see what worked, and what didn’t.
I got a good, healthy assessment of my own limitations.
And you know what?
It was a blast!
The band was very gracious, encouraging, and lots of fun. The audience, even more so. The gig was a big success.
And, of course, I came away with some tips about how to be a rock star:
- Seize the opportunity. Every once in a while, something is going to come up that will stretch you well beyond your comfort zone. Will you take the plunge, or politely decline?
- Give it your all. The singers I enjoy most aren’t necessarily the ones who hit each note perfectly. They’re the ones who exude joy and passion when they sing, and connect with their audience. It’s not always about your skill level. It’s about how much “you” you bring to the table.
- Don’t take yourself too seriously. We knew we weren’t the greatest band. But the audience loved us in spite of it. Actually, because of it. How could someone refuse when you say to them, “I may never be a pro at this. But here’s my best, and I’m giving it to you, warts and all.”
Whatever you do, why not be a rock star with it?
Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters. – Colossians 3:23