I really used to think that playing music at home in the privacy of my comfortable room was the best feeling ever. If you met me just two years ago, I probably wouldn’t even admit that I played music and not ever would I want to do it in front of anybody! But now we have a show coming up this Sunday at the Chapter House in Ithaca NY, and a cannot wait to play on stage. I love hearing our music wildly fill the air in a large dimly lit room and I love how fast the songs seem to fly by in front of a crowd. It makes me so happy when my friends come to support us and I literally feel butterflies when I meet new people who enjoy what they hear.
At some point between two years ago and now, I realized my fear of playing live stemmed from self-consciousness about the possibility of making mistakes, or making a fool out of myself in front of others. One day something hit me on the head and I thought, “Wait a minute, why should I deprive myself of a new experience because of fear of what others might think?!? That is the dumbest thing ever!” Today I believe sharing songs through live performance is one of the most rewarding facets of being a musician.
If any new musicians out there who haven’t yet played for an audience read this, I encourage you to go to an open mic or book a show! If you’re waiting for the right time or the perfect song or the best crowd, throw those notions out the window! That feeling you get when you’re performing will be worth it. 🙂