Get out the basement and go play for people
For the first twenty years of my songwriting life, I treated music as an escape. As a way to hide from the world.
Until one day, I read an interview with one of my songwriting heroes, who famously said, you have to get out of the basement and go out and play for people.
That sentence changed my inner geography. Something very real inside of me shifted that day, and I haven’t been the same since.
And so, now I perform every week. I’ve come out of music hibernation, hungry and active for nourishment.
Because I don’t need to hide from the world anymore. Music let me share another part of my heart. Playing and singing songs in real time, in front of real people, about real emotions, is fulfilling on a level that is hard to express.
Will you let the craving for togetherness trump the seductiveness of isolation?