Everybody’s Still A Critic…Now What
I was just going to tag these on as comments to the previous post, but there’s something in here that I thought was huge and while a small comment, I think it deserves a post.
The word “loud” is a funny thing. It is a word that gets thrown around quite a bit, but doesn’t necessarily mean what the word really means. While “loud” complaints sometimes mean that “you’re hurting my ears with this volume”, I’ve found that a lot of times it really means “I don’t like this style of music.” As Travis mentioned in his comment, figuring out which complaints to really listen to and which ones to ignore can be an art form in and of itself.
While I’ve gotten to the point where I can hold my own on translating these comments/complaints, the beauty of my position/role is that I don’t typically have to make decisions in regards to them. I will push back when I need to, but I don’t typically need to. I was having lunch with Tom, one of our FOH volunteers, this afternoon, and he just completely nailed what our role is with something that one of his instructors drilled into him when he was at Full Sail sometime ago:
We are not producers. We are engineers.
At my present gig, I am fortunately blessed with the opportunity to work my own tastes into play and can play the role of audio producer/artist to an extent. However, I know that ultimately I am not the final decision maker. I am here to serve our producers and service programming leadership. If we are loud, it is because several people with more responsibility than me want it that way. If we are quiet, it’s the same deal. I put it where they want it. I have my own tastes and they do tend to run in line with my superiors, but when they don’t I’m here to serve my leadership. Sound reinforcement is a support service in AND out of the church. When you have a clear understanding and definition of who you’re serving, you are on the road to a win.
Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for men, since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward. It is the Lord Christ you are serving.
Colossians 3:23-24 (NIV)