August 7, 2016
The Sandwich Test
Although I bring a certain confidence on stage, I am always nervous as hell before, and hyper-critical after. I am my own worst critic. But when the performance is happening, and that mind/body connection is working right, there is no greater feeling. I get lost in the music. I can only give you everything.
Performance is similar to being intimate with someone, in that you are feeling and smelling and listening and vocalizing and staring intently into eyes. You are not thinking of anything else at that moment. You focus only on the beauty of the moment. If you cannot bring that focus, just forget about it. Go home right now. Do us all a big favor and hang up the gloves. If you are thinking about someone else at this moment, then you are not in the right bed.
I have different rules when I watch other people perform. I call it the Sandwich Test.
Am I getting caught up in their performance, thinking of nothing else or is my mind wandering?
Rarely do I relax and just be the fan. I begin imagining myself up there on the stage. I begin thinking about what kind of sandwich I could be eating.
What choices would I be making? White, Rye or Sourdough?