This week I’m uber, super, crazy, and other-words excited to see my favorite band, The Appleseed Cast this Saturday at the Delancey in New York City. Live music gets me going. There’s the energy you share with others in the room. The band plays and the music travels through the audience. A few months ago I saw Bosnian Rainbows live and the show felt like a shot in the arm in my artistic slump. The lead singer, Terri Gender Bender, (Yes that’s her stage name) added performance art to the music. Her bending, contorting, crying, nose blowing, and spastic body movements reminded me why I love live music and how I adore the unpredictable.
The passion others put into their art inspires me to do the same. The more uncompromised the better. There is a misconception that people are enthralled by familiar things. Wrong. We are attracted to unique, crazy, and weird things that stand out. Once you stand out is when we find the familiar in you and wallah the audience is compelled. They are attracted to something far removed from themselves. Are zombies, vampires, and girls with dragon tattoos something we can relate to? Nope. But when we realize that even girls with dragon tattoos have feelings too then we relate.
The struggle to fit a mold in order to sell is tempting. Hey look a formula! A + B + C = published. Well yes and no. Mostly no. Sometimes yes. I’m in a strange point in my journey to publication. Nine years, four manuscripts, a million rejections, and I finally landed an agent. And yet this is only the start of another phase in the process. There are no guarantees.
As much as I put a happy face to it all. (Just look at that killer smile folks!) I am often discouraged, troubled, and find doubt at every turn. I try and stay inspired. Live shows help. This Saturday will be a blast! If you’re in the area be sure to check them out.
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