“To escape fear, you have to go through it, not around.”
― Richie Norton
I had an exceptional case of stage fright before this West Coast Songwriters competition at MidPenMedia in Palo Alto. It had been a year and a half since I’d performed, and though I had practiced for the performance, I still felt rusty.
Prior to the performance, I pulled out all the stops to change my state of being.
I meditated. I drank stress relief tea. I visualized a positive outcome and wild applause. Yet when I approached the piano, I feared that I would not remember either of my songs.
Thankfully, as soon as I sat down at the piano, host Becky Saunders chatted with me and I loosened up a bit.
The first song, Old A Lady Shoes came off pretty shaky…. if you’d like to hear it you can visit this link and fast forward the time code to 9:40.
By the time I got to the second song, Keep Your Faith, I had regained some of my composure …
On the drive home, I was triumphant! I didn’t win a thing for my songwriting, but I totally felt like a winner. I had felt tremendous fear leading up to the performance but I overcame my stage fright.
May you all keep your faith, close, so that it can be heard…