As I am hours away from playing my first slot at the famous Bluebird Cafe (which is sold out!!!), I am going to ask myself, and my musician readers, a really important question. Who are we doing this for? Why do we make music and when we are performing, where is our head? I believe when performing and marketing and anything musical, our fans should be kept in mind. But I want to pose a thought to each performing artist out there. And I realized this while watching a talented man with just himself and his guitar perform last week. You have to come to the point as an artist where you don’t wholeheartedly “do what you do” for other people. While the two girls in front of me rattled on about their lives and people were laughing it up during a contemplative song by the artist, I had this realization. He was in his zone, living in the moment, because he does it for himself and seemed to exude a genuine love for what he did. It’s almost as you have to forget what the other people are doing, saying, thinking or that they may not even like what you sing and play. Deep down, it has to be in you to perform the best that you can whether there are 2 people listening or thousands of screaming fans.
The music should be sewn inside your heart and the will to find joy no matter the setting. Come to think of it, performing onstage is a lot like life. Despite the storms, the frustrations, the struggles or what it took to get you there, joy can’t be based on circumstances. So as we live our lives, may we carry our fire inside, and find joy in the beauty of the gift as opposed to seeking the recognition that may come along with the gift.
Keep giving it your all and putting your heart into it 🙂