Dearest 100 Hour Board,
I am my ward's organist, and I like learning some of the more difficult, less common hymns for fun and practice. The most recent of these is 'For All the Saints,' which I really, really like playing in a very dramatic way, crescendoing up all the last verse is as loud and brassy as possible. I hesitate to actually schedule it for sacrament meeting though, because I don't want to pull attention away from the speakers/the Spirit to me, the organist. But also, I really like it, and I think it would be fun for the congregation to sing too. What do you think? Ward conference is coming up, is that enough of an occasion to pull out all the stops (both figuratively and literally)?
-just a humble music person
I'll just say that as a member of the congregation, it has never been fun to sing a song that nobody knows. It's confusing and hard, and instead of being able to think about the lyrics, or enjoy the beautiful harmonies, everyone is just trying to figure out what the heck we're singing. And while your organ abilities sound really impressive, they might just confuse people even more on a song that they don't even know the basic melody of. If this is something you're really passionate about, though, talk with the ward choir director about accompanying the choir for that song. That sounds like it could make for an amazing performance, and the congregation would probably love it (especially because they wouldn't be put on the spot to sing a song they've likely never heard before).