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Channel your anxiety and convert it to energy and it becomes “electric” even at an acoustic JAM!

Back in my college days, I sang and played guitar in the local pubs for some pocket money.  I really enjoyed performing every weekend.  Unfortunately, I quit playing for close to forty years.  Recently, I picked up the guitar and have been practicing for the last two years.  However, I only play with some close friends, not on stage.    Striving for perfection has held me back and only increased my anxiety about playing guitar in front of people that I don’t know.

A little over a week ago, I finally got up on stage at a local pub near Joliet and performed to an audience of 40 people.   I told myself to focus on the music and the audience and not worry about anything else.  And do you know what happened?  Once I got half way through the first song, I performed with confidence and joy.    Each of the seven of the songs I played was well received.  In fact, several musicians came up to me afterwards and complemented me on my performance. 

I learned a lesson that if you have a passion for something just do it.  It takes a lot of practice and putting negative pressure on yourself can only create a negative self-fulfilling prophesy that leads to failure.   

In this case, I was able to channel my energy and focus on the music and the audience.  And that led to a satisfying performance.  Now I feel empowered to do it again wherever and whenever an opportunity exists.  In fact, I will be performing with a colleague in the Terrace Café from 11a.m. to 1p.m. on Tuesday, April 25th.  I am looking forward to performing some oldies but goodies once again.

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