Friday, January 22, 2010

Absence Makes the Heart Grow Fonder

Greetings all,
I just wanted to check in to "Lebo Central" to let you all know that I'm still in the loop. I have not posted much recently because I am out of town performing right now. However, I have been keeping up via my trusty little Dell Mini. I'm in sunny Houston, TX right now performing with the Houston Symphony. Traveling is always fun and adventurous, but I think Dorothy said it best when she said, "there's no place like home..." When I travel, and when I perform in orchestras I am constantly reminded of the importance of community. As an orchestral musician it is my job to cultivate and participate in the "community" of the orchestra - we are a team...we have to be, just like the Steelers or the Penguins, and sometimes even the Pirates ;) In the orchestra we have to work together like a well-oiled machine in order to have successful concerts. Similarly, townspeople need to work together and support each other to have a thriving community - whether it is done through supporting local businesses, helping a neighbor in need or staying engaged in the many facets of our town, it is all vital. When 100 people are on stage trying to achieve the same goal of putting forth a great concert all disagreements and differences need to be left at the door. Don't get me wrong - there are issues and differences of opinions that come up - but ultimately we realize that compromise and mutual respect is paramount. Respect is a biggie...respect is certainly contagious. Give some - get some. Pretty simple. I am a huge proponent of the "community" concept. It enriches all of our lives whether it is on stage, in the grocery store, on the football field, in the classroom, in the board room, or in one's own backyard. Community doesn't just happen. IT takes work, but, boy, is it worth it. Count me in!

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