One week ago today…
The green room is right next to the warmup field. It’s surreal for me and the dancers to be warming up alongside world class athletes from across the globe. The dancers run their set to the sound of my acoustic, shouts of camaraderie in languages foreign, and the distant thunder of thousands cheering the pre game entertainment. The stadium has a carnival-like atmosphere. All good vibes, family friendly, and fried food. I haven’t felt this kind of energy in years.
Had I appreciated how big this event was, I might have been nervous. By the time I process the enormity of it, there was no point. I’ve come this far not being nervous, and the dancers needed me to be a steady. I’m the veteran performer in the room these days. I sometimes find the years of experience and cumulative hundreds of audiences – thousands of people – reassuring. Even if all goes terribly, I’ll be alright. But it won’t go terribly. It rarely does. Especially not when I know that others – in this case, the dancers – are counting on me…like 1,2,3.
I’ve not had the chance to rehearse on stage with them, and almost as soon as we’ve met and run the show we’re on stage together. When they jump the stage shakes and the first time this happens I lose my fingering. I hear a deadened pluck come out of the guitar instead of the ringing chord that is expected, but it doesn’t bother me right then. Later I’ll obsess over it, but right now I’m in this moment and then the next until all the moments are gone.
The performance is over, and the dancers are taking pictures with me side stage. They seem happy. The staff and crew seem happy. I’ll think about that one moment for the next 2 hours until the next half time, but ultimately I’m happy. And hungry. My attention turns to meeting my body’s needs and preparing for the second half time show. Two hours…
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