December 19- A change in attitude
The basic thing is that everyone wants happiness, no one wants suffering. And happiness mainly comes from our own attitude, rather than from external factors. If your own mental attitude is correct, even if you remain in a hostile atmosphere, you feel happy. -The Dalai Lama
We’re taught early on that in a sad situation we should feel sad,in a happy one we should be happy. We should morph our emotions around our surroundings, soaking up our envirmonment like little sponges.
Nothing “out there” is making you sad or happy or angry or depressed “in here”. The seat of your soul is a place of contentment or hostility and it is of your very own making. Imagine that. You are in control. An attitude adjustment is all it takes to greet the world anew. If we are happy within ourselves, the world cannot touch us.
Musicians encounter all sorts of environments. The trick is we are trying to bring light, creativity and positive vibes to sources of low energy. A typical bar is a place where people go to drink, party, meet up and hook up. Often, the musical presentation for the evening is wallpaper to the more fundamental issue of the communal alcohol well and the “possibility party” presented by the opposite sex.
Musicians must play venues. Musicians must present themselves in situation where music is not often the focus. I’ve seen artists totally derailed by this performance dynamic. And then I have seen shinning stars, determined to make the very best of the situation presented.
Attitude is everything. Looking at a performance situation differently, makes the performance situation different. Particularly during the holidays, audiences have their own agenda and it may not include paying attention to the band. Recognize YOU are in control of this situation. Change your attitude about an unresponsive audience and recognize your own mental attitude, even in a place of low energy, can make a huge difference in your happyometer.