Something I just remembered.
Friday night, I got to school an hour before doors opened for the Christian Club’s production thing.
I set up in the hallway to practice before people arrived. I transposed a Latin hymn entitled Lilium, it’s used as the opening song for an anime (Elfen Lied, it’s good if you’re into that sort of thing), and it’s an amazing song. I changed the key, taking it down a little (plus an octave down) to better suit euphonium.
I was playing it through a few times, focusing a lot on the high note (2:00 mark). When I had finished, this guy (the secretary of the club) looked at me from down the hall. “Thank you.”
He was… very touched by my playing. It is a beautiful song, and I’ve been told my particular arrangement of it is very soothing, but I’ve never seen something like this before. Dude was almost in tears, insisting that I play at his wedding. I’ve never had somebody so moved by something I’ve played. Usually there is that 3rd wall between me and.. regular people when I’m playing. Even with stuff like solo and ensemble, everyone there is involved in music. I had no idea taking the theme of an anime could make people be so effected like that.
This made me realize how powerful music is. I’m just a 17 year old with a euphonium, and I can instill emotion like that by simply playing unaccompanied. I’m really glad I took it upon myself to lend my talent to the club last night.
Lol the band director was there. Wonder what she thought of it. O.O