It’s common in my church to go through a devotional and have all of the musicians play their respective instruments without having the slightest idea of what the person directing the devotional is actually singing. Us musicians are forced to look at the member of the congregation with the clearest pronunciation and read their lips. We are playing by faith. We are trusting each other to keep us centered and in rhythm, knowing that we are all suffering from not being able to hear the person that is directing the song.
I play with fear. Fear of keeping the wrong timing on a song and not knowing it until it’s too late. I fear the idea that I think that we are in one part of a song and they are in fact in another. I don’t feel safe playing a song.