Not too long ago, my wife & I went to a concert to catch this funky-cool band perform some live music – something that, I must say, we don’t do nearly enough. To be able to take in the vibe of the band, have fun with the audience and hear the SOUND of live music really is a treat for me.
Anyway, this group, much like other music acts, had an opening band perform a 30-minute set before they came out. In my experience, most of the time, there’s a reason why these guys are ‘opening’ for another band…could be because they may have some ‘learning’ they have to do on the road; they may only have enough songs for a solid 30-minute set; whatever. But every now and then, this warm up band knocks your socks off! A great example that comes to mind when I think of this is when Jimi Hendrix had his first American tour as the support act for the Monkees.
Now this band wasn’t as spectacular as Jimi Hendrix, but they put on such a good show – they
- were cohesive
- produced a unique and powerful sound
- just seemed like a nice group of people
- were memorable
They were so memorable, in fact, that they took away from the headliner’s gig. Don’t get me wrong – the ‘marquee’ band was solid and held their own. But they did not leave you wanting more, nor truly excited about the show…!
My question to you now is this: when was the last time you left it all on the dance floor or had the eye of the tiger…?…in work, at home, with your bake sale, whatever…! We’ve got so many things that get in the way of our own true strengths. More often than not, we’re our own biggest obstacle – i.e. “I don’t know if I can do that“… “ahh, this will be fine to turn in”…etc. I’m not saying to be delusional in your abilities – we need to be real. But, if you’ve got something to offer, don’t let anything stop you from being that ‘big surprise.’