Many continue to ask me about this post, below, so this week I’m reposting it. Forward it to your bandmates if it it helps. For me, the principles here continue to be validated by my ongoing experience observing great musicians at work.
The night was seamless. On the stage were 4 of Nashville’s most respected songwriters, and an acoustic house band made up of musicians in their 20s or 30s.
They were doing an intimate concert for television. From the first note played it was clear – all musicians on the stage were fantastic in their own right. It was also clear that not one audible mistake was going to occur over the course of 15-20 songs. I was in awe, watching their hands, their eyes, their gestures.
They barely looked at their chord charts – and you couldn’t even tell they were working hard. But it was what I learned next that astounded me more.