It could be a new lick, rhythm, or a new interpretation of a melody I’ve heard hundreds of times. Whatever it is, something pulls me from the nutsand-bolts of the instant out into the big picture, and I am overwhelmed by a joyous wave of gratefulness. How did this happen? I’m so lucky! I get to be a part of this moment?
Suddenly I can see and hear the event from the outside, and now realize I’m in front of a bunch of really excited people who all paid for and eagerly awaited the show, brought their positivity in to the room and are offering it up selflessly to the band with joy and emotional presence. They just heard, or maybe only felt this beautiful moment, and everyone is lifted on stage and off. This is the sacred feedback loop, audience and band sharing joy and appreciation for each other.
Striving for that elusive payoff that occurs between a handful of players who bring their whole life’s work into focus on a single task together as one, moment by moment, can lead to the ultimate goal, making something greater than the sum of its parts. This is the synergy that can happen only when we do things as a group, and can’t predict the future. When someone in that “moment” takes a risk and changes something slightly that ignites another to do something new and great, to go somewhere they would not have gone on their own (and so on), and we are truly sounding like a vital unit that communicates with each other and the audience on a gut level.
In that moment we are doing what we set off to do when we started off down this difficult path in the first place, and for what I’m ever grateful, to make a joyful noise!