Kurt mentioned the other day that if you stop feeling butterflies in your tummy when you get up to perform (or to do anything for that matter) you should stop doing it.
I certainly have not lost the butterflies.
I understand that there comes a time, and a place, when the fluttering wings in our stomachs don’t seem to exist as much; When we’re playing for all of our friends and family in a comfortable setting, or we’re playing in the middle of a park that’s in the middle of development homes, or we’re background music for a holiday party… Albeit, I still get an inkling of excitement due to the fact that there will always be at least ONE person out in that audience that has never heard us do what we do. There will always be one person that gets excited because we’re up there presenting something they’ve never seen. There will be one person that feels like they’re in the right place at the right time… and that is what matters. No, we’re not playing out of town for a ton of new people (that’s where most of the butterflies lie for me), no we’re not playing in a stadium jam-packed with people, or a random bar full of hopefuls, but we’re playing for new people, period!
You see, I danced for 12 years and we would often do the same exact production 3 times in 2 days; talk about a repeat performance! Yet… it miraculously wasn’t. My dance instructor always reminded us that while we personally might be doing the same thing two or three times in a row, we were doing it for completely different audiences every time. We needed to keep that in mind, and sure enough, each show ended up being different and marvelous in their own ways.
That mentality needs to be kept when doing many things in life, especially when it comes to performing for people; It might not be new to you, but is sure as hell is new to them!
So to all of you newbies: We feed off your energy and we’ll do our damnedest to make it the best live performance we’ve ever done!
To any of you that come to our shows repeatedly: I hope that every time you can get something new out of it.
That being said, here’s a clip of a song we’ve been performing since day one that I just cannot get sick of quite yet (I love it that much and I love love performing it, every time):
This is a perfect example of a show that we played that didn’t necessarily have the Monarchs and Red Admirals raging, with a song that we’ve performed over 80 times, but it captivated this one person enough to record it and put it online. Lesson learned!
(For the Lepidoptera unsavvy: Monarchs and Red Admirals are different types of butterflies 🙂 )