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
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.