Monday, December 1, 2014

Letting go

The sooner you can let go of the idea that you can be perfect, that you can trick people into thinking you are perfect, the faster you will get better.

No one plays all the notes.  No one remembers all the things.  No one is on point 100% of the time.  It is disingenuous to pretend like it is possible.  You are not fooling anyone else and only making yourself feel bad for all of your perceived short-comings.

There is an incredible release of tension that happens when you free yourself from these notions of perfections.  As a performer it is the only way to transcend the notes on the page and perform the music.

Letting go is like taking out the garbage.  Mistakes are going to pile up, and ignoring them, fighting them, or, worse, stressing out over them is not solving the problem.  They will continue to pile up like garbage in front of you and soon become a barrier between you and the audience.  It is unpleasant for you and them to feel the tension and even embarrassment for the ever grown trash heap in front of you on stage - even the nicest dinner party with delicious food can be made uncomfortable by an offensive stench that gets worse throughout the evening.

Take out the trash, let go of the mistakes, recognize that you have to be continually sweeping the space in front of you clear - the audience will appreciate it.  Ignoring and pretending doesn't make the trash go away.

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