Too Important Not to Make Mistakes Lyrics & Music: Maureen S. O'Brien, 11/1/97 (OVFF 13) Insp: Jessica Krucek's post on rec.music.filk This circle has witnessed perfection, (1) But "bad" and "okay" must come first. (2) This truth we profess: That if we want the best, We all must give ear to the worst. This circle knows all about bad luck; We all have been nervous and new. The attention you pay To a newbie today Is how you pay the ones who heard you. CH: So let the cracked voices join with the golden -- (3) As iron needs carbon for steel, We need voices shy and imperfect To make music soulful and real. Let the cracked voices join with the golden, And if your voice breaks, let it break! (4) Better fumble the words than let 'em go unheard. This is too important not to make mistakes. Now some are their own harshest judges; They never sound good to themselves. Rooms should hush on sight, And hearers delight; But their songs stay piled up on their shelves. And some are too shy to get noticed; They have to be asked to join in. So each person's task Is to make sure they're asked. Missing what they could sing would be sin! CH: This circle has witnessed perfection. This circle will see it tonight. Words, music and art Will meld in your heart And make this world one bit more right. To pay back the gift of this magic, There is only one fee and one test -- Your ear, voice or hand Used as well as you can -- Doesn't need to be good, just your best! (5) CH: (1) A vague oblong many-layered shape that is the usual performance venue for filk. Fitting, isn't it? (2) There was a quote to this effect from Holst, where he claimed England had fewer great musicians than other European countries because it had fewer mediocre ones. (3) A paraphrase of Jessica Krucek. You can blame this on her.... (4) A paraphrase of Mr. East, my group voice teacher at UT. He was trying to convince us that the world wouldn't end if our voices did something embarrassing in front of the whole class. (5) Not the best you ever did or could do, either. Just your best at the moment, which varies widely. As I demonstrated at the first performance of this song....