Practice with the band was like magic tonight. We started together - we ended together, and the parts in the middle sounded good too. It's funny how that works sometimes. Sometimes we practice and practice and everything sounds jumbled and strained. But there are other times when everything connects and it is pure joy.
In the past when I have been to a concert or performance that were exceptional, the common thread was that the performers seemed to be having the time of their life. I think the secret is learning how to make a joyful noise each time you play. So it's not necessarily learning how to play well, but learning how to find the joy in playing the music.
Maybe I'm on to something.