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      Confidence - A Shaky Edifice
    Today's column from Bruce Campbell
    Wednesday, October 29, 2014

    I was too wrapped up in a specific sporting event last night to any writing. But this column from early 2013 seems apropos.

    Some folks wake up exuding confidence and keep on exudin’ all day long. I have days like that, I guess, but it’s not every day.

    If you have a normally upbeat outlook, it doesn’t take too much to get you feeling like
    you’ve got it made. Just a few affirmations of your worth, your skills, your talent or your
    charisma, and you’re recharged. While in the freshly charged mode, you’re impervious
    to negative influences.

    It takes a solid self-confidence to play music well. But unless you’re one of those
    supremely gifted musicians, that confidence can ebb and flow a bit. One good night
    and you’re banging on the door to the Ryman, incredulous that they haven’t called you
    first.

    Have an off night though, and you can feel like you’re playing with oven mitts on, after
    gargling with Drano, and it can be hard to shake it.

    I had a, uh, mediocre performance at a festival once. Well, I didn’t stink up the joint and
    maybe even no one noticed (please refrain from sending my cards and letters telling me
    which performance you think it is – It’ll kill me!), but it was “off” enough that it shook me.
    For a couple of weeks afterwards, I had trouble finding any mojo when I was playing.
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