What is Your Musical “Slam Dunk”?Posted By from October 29, 2012
Greets from the road!
Each tour has an outer experience and an inner experience. This tour has been especially wonderful in terms of the inner journey.
Outer stuff: The shows, posters, Facebook posts, and fan interaction, travel, making new friends, etc.
Inner stuff: What’s going on inside emotionally, reaching for artistic goals, new melodies / tunes that become a fresh “soundtrack” of the tour, where I stand on my scale of inner peace, etc.
The last few gigs have been quite satisfying on the inner plane, and here’s why - I am experiencing a new level of “harmony” between my playing on stage and my core values.
Here are some guidelines which hopefully will stimulate some ideas – and please feel free to disagree with me:
Becoming the Artist You Are Supposed to Be
You can’t get the deep satisfaction I am describing through imitating someone else.
Others may inspire you, but the gem and the gift to the world is YOU in your full honesty. It might feel fragile and unfamiliar to you at first to accept the idea that YOU are valuable and precious, but it’s special and that’s what I’d want to hear from you.
The big question you need to ask yourself is “what is my musical slam dunk?”
Be clear on what your values are, and work at them day by day as you practice. If you are blown about like a leaf in the wind, imitating someone one day, then something or someone else the next day, or employing a “gimmick” – you can’t get to this deep satisfaction I am describing.
Or if your slam dunk is “A” but you are doing “B” because you want others to accept you, you’ll probably never achieve the artistic heights you could – because being an artist is a 360 degree full on, HONEST endeavor.
If you are a beginner or a young person learning who you are and just starting to play, be clear on what you like about other people’s music as you learn the craft of music.
This can be tricky when you are under a teacher’s guidance – as students tend to adopt the likes and dislikes of their teachers.
Just be honest. What do you like and what do you dislike? It’s all ok!
My “slam dunk” is a combination of things…
After two separate gigs people told me they felt a “warm flow” come over them during my gig as their smiles beamed. Dang, that’s what I’m talking about! I made people feel good – that’s evidence of my slam dunk!
Knowing what I don’t like helps too.
While this may sound grumbly and negative – I am clear on these points.
Only honesty with your own values combined with diligent work of slogging it out day by day, will ultimately bring about a deep, meaningful experience for you and the audience.
What are your values, musically or entertainment wise? (be honest!)
What’s your slam dunk?