Overcoming Performance AnxietyI never get a solo in The Chorus
Because my fear of making a mistake
Is louder than my voice.
All you hear is what I'm feeling
Not the song I'm trying to sing.
I'm a sufferer
In its myriad forms.
Nothing I tried seemed to work.
No cure for anxiety.
As soon as you look at it,
It settles in disrupts everything.
I discovered quite by accident,
I'd been invited to do a small solo.
Just one line really.
I studied it hard,
Still worried I'd mess it up.
The director suggested,
I sing it out louder
And then it happened.
I wasn't singing the song any more.
The song was singing me.
Now I get it!
Become curious about the song.
Get to know it as a living thing
A thing with a spirit
Not a performance to perfect.
When you and the song
Know each other as friends,
There is no fear.
Hand in hand
You and the song sing each other.
|27 August 2015|
|by Bill Cattey|