I saw the survey results about listening with a critical ear…and I want to be honest with you. It’s hard for me to worship when my head is too busy thinking about how I would have EQ’d the sound or how I might have arranged the volume levels. I want to crack my head open like a chicken egg and dump my brains out. I don’t want to think about sound! The survey showed many of you also suffer from, what I like to call, the mixer mentality. So what can I do about it? What can YOU do about it?
Worship at another church! That’s usually the thought that I have. But what is that going to solve? I’d probably be just as critical and become focused on the wrong things during the service…like "a little mid-range boost would be good for that guitar."
Don’t get me wrong, please. The other sound guys at my church do a good job.
Maybe I’m a sound snob?
I know I’m not perfect at the job. I’m sure other people could come in and do a better job. If I thought I was perfect at it, I’d have a whole different set of problems. I learn new stuff each week and when I can, I also post stuff up here. Some of the stuff I post is new stuff I learn and other is stuff I already knew. I just love teaching people. But I’m running off on a tangent…
Sunday mornings, I have to listen with my heart. My heart is where I draw close to God. My head is just this bobbly thing on my shoulders that holds my glasses in place. If and when I recognize this fact, I can ignore the thoughts of EQ and microphone placement. If I’m successful, my head is empty and thoughts of instrument balancing drift away.
So there you have it, me and just one of my many imperfections. If you don’t suffer from the mixer mentality, you are one of the lucky ones. But if you do, unscrew your head and leave it in your car before you walk into church. Pray a little prayer before you walk in.
My name, Christopher, means "bearer of Christ." It does not mean "saintly sound man."