Something I don’t understand is why some musicians get on stage to show that they are “God’s gift to the world.” I believe that the responsibility of a musician is not to show off, make people think you are “amazing,” or form “groupies.” Rather, I believe that when on stage, it is a musician’s responsibility to serve. What do I mean by this? I mean that a musician must focus on others as opposed to himself/herself when performing. A musician should focus not only on keeping the audience entertained but also on connecting with the audience emotionally. A musician’s job is to share his/her love for music and bring the audience joy. People can tell the difference between a musician who performs because he/she loves the art of music and a musician who loves the idea of having people watch him/her show off.
In addition to serving the audience, a musician must also serve the person/people who gave him/her the opportunity to perform. This could be the venue, the band that a musician is opening for, or a client who hires a musician for a private event, like a wedding.
I remember the first show that I booked on my own! It was at Mother Fool’s Coffeehouse, and I was so EXCITED! I was so honored that Mother Fool’s trusted in me to positively represent their business and bring joy to their customers.
Being the Opening Act
I remember the first time I ever got to open for a band. Jimmy Murn had asked me if I would open for his band, Jimmy Murn and The HeyMakers at Glass Nickel Pizza Co, and I was just ECSTATIC! I was so honored to open for the high-energy, fun, rock band! I felt that it was my responsibility to share my love for music with the audience, engage them, and get them excited for the main act!
I remember the first time I got to perform at a wedding. Being a part of one of the most important days of somebody’s life is such a HUGE honor! It was my responsibility to make sure I poured love into every song I performed and that I performed every song exactly the way the bride & groom wanted.
A musician’s performance should not be about him/her, rather it should be an opportunity to serve the audience and those that provided the musician with the opportunity to perform.
I just want to give a big THANK YOU to the many audiences I have performed for and the many people who have provided me with the opportunity to perform! ❤