He talks about how nervous he was before shows. You wouldn't think he would be ,seeing how good a player he is.
I don't play in front of others very often and have not frozen when I did but have done so during meetings when commenting. It was nerves. I got over it by knowing it was going to happen from time to time until I got over my nervousness and I simply said, sorry, I lost my thought. I haven't had to do that now for years.Thanks for that. Really enjoyed the tune and its meaning. It brings up an interesting topic, that being even with some chops, how does a performer get around that moment in front of an audience when the word "freeze" creeps in, sometimes in caps! I'm comfortable noodling on my couch but put me in a more social setting and it's a different domain. The mental game is indeed sometimes daunting.
Yep on all counts. Though I am not sure if it abaited over time so much as I just learned to deal with it and channel that energy elsewhere.A lot of nervousness is a function of one's character rather than one's level of proficiency. I used to get really nervous when playing for a crowd but it has abated a bit with time, though I imagine that I will always experience some level of nervousness. I find that playing solo (as Bruce often does) is far more nerve-wracking than playing with a band.
Ironically having been a teacher for 28 years, I never felt uncomfortable in front of my class, but put the guitar in my hand during an assembly...I'd rehearse an hour a night, a week ahead of time if I was asked to collaborate and perform.I don't play in front of others very often and have not frozen when I did but have done so during meetings when commenting. It was nerves. I got over it by knowing it was going to happen from time to time until I got over my nervousness and I simply said, sorry, I lost my thought. I haven't had to do that now for years.
Not that I do that much of it but for me it’s easier to play solo maybe bcs it’s easier to cover if I fuck up and drop a measure or whatever.... I find that playing solo is far more nerve-wracking than playing with a band...
Thanks for sharing that with us, Mooh.Saw Bruce Cockburn at the Stratford Festival Theatre with a full band sometime in the early '80s. Very good show. Saw him at a folk festival somewhere as well but damned if I can remember which one. My favourite performance of his though was at a labour rally at Queen's Park (I think) Toronto where we exchanged a couple of words and smiles at side stage.
I've been struggling with hyper-tension/high blood pressure for a couple of years, to the point of leaving two of my bands to refocus my efforts on recording. It initially manifested as performance anxiety, with a racing heart rate, clammy hands, sweating, shakes, and queasiness, most of which were previously unfamiliar to me. I'm not sure if I'm completely done with public performance, I've only had a couple of duo gigs in the last year, but if I don't get over this my musical life will be quite different. Whenever I have a physical issue there will also be a psychological issue. It's a long lonely road.