While many of my peers have no problems mingling with the crowd as soon as a set is over, I will strategically start wrapping chords and putting away equipment just to avoid making eye contact with the crowd. It’s not that I have someplace to go or I don’t want to be bothered. I am simply shy.
When I’m on stage something takes over and this fear of people or the shame of having an inflated ego disappears. It’s as though my alter ego comes out and I allow my heart to soar. This feeling, however, takes so much energy and after giving so much of myself to the music and the audience I often have very little left by the time the set is over.
There are many theories why so many musicians share this same feeling but I think Tony Bennett says it best in this lost interview.
I especially appreciate his remarks about preparing for a show by relaxing with a bowl of pasta and a glass of wine – how did he know my routine?
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