November 13- The Stage
All the world’s indeed a stage
And we are merely players:
Performers and portrayers,
Each another’s audience
Outside the gilded cage.
– Limelight by Geddy Lee
Sometimes it’s an elevated wooden platform with steps leading to it, surrounded by curtains and lights on trusses. It’s the cordoned off area of the local bar. It’s a stool in the corner. It’s outdoors, indoors, tall, short, skinny or wide. The word stage serves as a noun (as in place) and a verb (as in the act of). There are 24 definitions for the word stage, from a performance place to points in life (two year olds going through a stage), to the increments of growth of certain insects. The definition most surprising was a place of rest on a journey. Stage coaches were appropriately named because they transported travelers from one stage to another on a trip.
Performers think of the stage as a place of public performance. It’s where talent is on display for the approval of an audience. The stage is our precious destination and it can be our nemesis as well, as we work to conquer stage fright to one degree or another.
The Limelight is a situation musicians and actors crave. There is nothing like it. The glare of the lights only allow a limited vision of the audience, giving performance a surreal quality. The stage is your final evaluation as you bring your spirit gifts to those who will hopefully appreciate them.
Any place can serve as a stage and we would do well to be mindful of it as we make our daily music and life rounds. Our attitudes and vibrations are constantly on display the moment we set foot in public. People are watching, listening, evaluating, analyzing. Being on stage may only constitute one small portion of a musician’s life. But are we not “on stage” as well in the studio, rehearsal room, and media interview?
All the world is a stage and we truly are simply merely players. Consider your own definition of the word “stage” today and discover nearly every public interaction is a stage. Make your stage time full of meaning, light and life.