On Fire

How is it that one band, full of good earnest musicians who practice hard and know their tunes, who wear matching shirts and the same slim ties, fails to get anyone but one drunk guy to clap along, while the next band, more sloppy perhaps and less polished, can bring the people down, one by one, ten by ten to the dance floor to pump and clap and jive?  What bit of magic do certain types have, or rather where does that magic come from that flows through them out to the world and back again?

Some claim it's a thing a person is born with, determined by the genes like eye color, like general disposition.  Others believe it can be learned with practice.  But perhaps it's something even more elusive, an element in the air that causes the slightest shift in confidence, from hesitance to brilliance in a matter of breaths.


  1. It is more complex than just knowing their tunes. Some bands are dead on stage, no matter how slim their ties are. The crowd tunes into a good time. And, if the band is having a good time, as long as they don't suck too bad, the audience has a good time too. And you are right, though some people practice guitar day after day they will never please much more than just themselves with their playing. Because notes can be learned but spirit and talent must be there from birth.

  2. Perhaps the notion of "must be there from birth," being that you either got it, or you don't, makes it a bit too easy to write off our own lack of talent or spirit, whereas it might be more helpful to think of the potential that every person has, from birth, to do something truly inspiring, making art, of whatever kind, a matter of discovery rather than a gift some of us just don't have.

    Thanks for reading and for your comments, Rainbird.

  3. Believe me Ms. Dane when I say I have never had any trouble writing off my lack of talent. :-)

  4. Personally, I think it has much more to do with how big & bold your mustache is, don't you? Once again, Groove Matters.