Photograph by Haley Warner
Synergy: The interaction of two or more agents or forces so that their combined effect is greater than the sum of their individual effects.
Over the course of the last 24 hours I have envisioned myself as a spirit surveying the beautiful collage of events in slow motion at the Nie benefit concert. At 7:15 p.m. over a hundred people wait at will call, hopeful to get a seat in a sold-out 7:00 p.m. show. Splashes of color flood the lobby where oil paintings, jewelry and furniture among other treasures, have been lovingly given to be auctioned off. Volunteers that arrived in the morning are still scuffling around ten hours later, attending to every whim, every detail. Backstage, the green room is alive with laughter. Snacks and drinks are consumed. Matt Mattson strums a guitar while the Thrillionaires spout off witty song lyrics. Krista Maurer magically seems to be in three places at one time banishing this disaster and that with the flick of her wand. From the shadows of the back of the theater, Rod Elwood illuminates my shoulders with star dust. Joe Anderson turns knobs and mixes instruments that reverberate through the hall and settle on our ears like a soft kiss. I move across the stage and look into your faces. I open my mouth and a voice flows out that doesn't feel like my own.
It feels like a gift.
You feel like a gift.
Together we give.
It is breath taking.
Backstage, behind curtains, two adoring parents listen as their daughters sing like angels. They are the recipients of this night's display of love. Yet, they may not yet comprehend just how much they've given to us and our hearts are full to the point of bursting! This is synergy.