Thoughts from the classroom of Livingston Taylor
Stage Performance-Berklee College of Music
- You need your audience a lot more than they need you. Behave accordingly.
- Study your heroes until you find out who their heroes are. Then study them.
- I'm your competition, and I'm not turning over my audience to you because your mommy likes you. PS: (Your competition is much better than you think they are.)
- Your parents didn't have you. They had sex and you showed up!
- Never be sick, tired or busy.
- The world belongs not to the talented and the deserving, but to the tenacious and the fortunate.
- See everything. Know nothing.
- They won't accept your passion until they're held by your discipline.
- You are a chain, and your ability to be aware of and to work on your weakest links will make you strong and compassionate.
- Practice (start now).
- Do not assign to any person, place or thing your pain. Own your broken heart.
- You chose to be a creator. Never complain.
January 11, 2014
Led by Greg Trafidlo, Britt Mistele, Mike Pearrell
3rd Street Coffee House - Roanoke, VA
Click on a photo to see the slide show (21 photos).
(Photos by Leigh Littleton and Larry Sakayama.)
Performance Key Points
- The gig starts before you enter the building.
- Be in the moment. Before, during, and after the gig
- Be in tune...literally and figuratively.
- What's your vibe when you walk on stage?
- Present as if there's nowhere else you'd rather be.
- Practice your intros as well as your songs.
- Your Set list is a set map. Planning is crucial. Don't look unprepared
- The stage belongs to you. All of it. Go off mic. Rest.
- Focus...maintain eye contact throughout the performance.
- Be authentic. Don't try to be a cut-out of someone else.
- Keep curiosity, don't give a synopsis to the song as your intro.
- "I have something to share with you."
- First song is sound check. Try a cappella, if you dare.
- Understand the song. Put yourself in the emotion of the song.
- Show a vulnerable moment.
- End show inclusively.
- Use the ride home as review time.