Friday, September 08, 2006

Moonlight Music Tonight

We're playing at the Moonlight Music Cafe tonight. I've been apprehensive because I felt somewhat unprepared but the last few practices have been good ones and we're as ready as we're going to be.
The uneasiness stems from grade school I know. It's that feeling that you're having a big test and you've spent too much time playing football with your buddies in your neighborhood and not enough time on the books and you know what wrath a failed test brings from the parents. My mother took a dim view a bad grades and the retaliation was swift.
Playing in front of crowds of people before I'm ready gives me that same type of feeling deep in my gut. I spent some time today examining these feelings. As it turns out, if I mess up and forget the words or blow a guitar part, I will make a joke to the crowd and we'll all have a good laugh. When I get home, I can watch television and play football with my friends if I want.
I read somewhere that about 90 % of the things people fear never come about. We spend an incredible amount of time and energy fretting over things that don't happen. What's the deal with that? The trick is to recognize these feelings and acknowledge them. Then ask yourself "what's the worst thing that can happen if I fail?" After looking at the situation closely, you often discover that the consequences of the failure are not that great.
So wish us luck tonight. Roll Tide tomorrow. Have a great weekend.


  1. "Don't worry, it may never happen" my aunt had these framed words given to her 50 years ago & keeps this on her bedside table. So true, but not always easy to keep in mind.
    Good luck to all of you tonight, everything will be alright in the end. Oh, I'm full of it today :)

  2. Anonymous1:27 AM

    We took turns screwing up, but they didn't decrease our pay any!!

  3. Hey, I'd be suspicious of anybody who COULD remember all the verses of "The Weight" without the use of hallucinogens...{G}

    Outstanding show! Nobody would have guessed The Overalls had been away from the stage for a while. The great sound system was a treat, too.


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