Flash mobs are becoming the thing to do and there are some really well done — like the one I posted recently preformed by the U of M School of Music. One of the first I saw involved dance, too — at Central Station maybe? And there was this one at the Indy Airport. Excellence in performance is something to be admired and appreciated.
When I saw this particular YouTube video posted on Facebook recently (thanks, Cheryl), I almost didn’t click play. I mean, how many of these deals with people singing carols in malls can a person watch in one season?
But I did click. I did watch.
At first I wasn’t sure what was different about this one. The musicians were not as “perfected” as, for example, University music majors…but that wasn’t it. And then I realized that the lyrics to Joyful, Joyful, We Adore Thee were not your typical publicly shared carol.
All of these were not so much about Christmas and oh so very much about Jesus Christ.
I also got the sense that these people mean what they are singing. This was more testimony and worship and not so much performance. I believe that excellence can and should be a standard in all we do — we should always do our best — so I’m not talking about the difference between professionalism and amateurism.
I’m talking about the direction toward which these singers were pointing the light.
If you click and watch, watch it all. And then I’d love to hear what you think about this form of public display of affection.