We're having a "memorization party" on Saturday. I've probably mentioned before that most (if not all) of what we perform needs to be memorized. Some people in the group feel uncomfortable without their music, although I think part of the discomfort also comes from singing in a mixed formation (rather than each vocal part being in its own section). I actually prefer to sing in a mixed formation, because I like the overall blend, and while I'm singing I get to hear more of the other parts.
I think some people in my chorus wonder why I'm unemployed, because I seem to be good at things like memorizing my music, holding down my part, etc. What they are seeing is a situation which in most ways is ideally suited to me. For one thing, we've done many of these pieces before, so I know them. Some of them I've even sung in other groups (although in some cases, on a different voice part). Having sung in several choruses, I'm used to the idioms and styles of the material (especially gospel). Most of the choruses I've sung in required memorization, so it's not a sudden shock to be expected to memorize. Finally, I learned a lot of music from just listening to the radio, rather than from sheet music, so I'm used to receiving the information orally, rather than visually. I think there are well-formed neural pathways that make it easier for me to memorize than some others. In a chorus that required sight-reading, I wouldn't do as well, because I don't spend as much time on it, and it hasn't been required of me as much.
I wish I could find a job at the Aurora Singers of tech companies; a place that is ideally suited to the way mind works and solves problems. Like at Google they want you to talk about what you are doing while you do it. Sometimes a solution doesn't come to me right away, and I don't want to lose concentration, so I'm silent as I wait for the solution to come to me. I'm not holding back on anyone purposely; just waiting until I feel comfortable enough to talk about what I'm doing.