Played a festival over the weekend.
Listened to the drummer from the band
who went on before us from the side of the stage
and I got a bit discouraged.
He was a rock drummer
so he had great power
and a lot of super fast around the kit rolls,
two things I struggle with.
Only saw his hands and feet
they were fast as flying.
I got on,
and someone in the front row kept cheering me on,
yelling compliments .
I got offstage
the guy came up to me,
started giving more compliments,
Didn't think much of it
till 10 minutes later
he says goodbye to me
and he's carrying a cymbal bag.
It was the same guy I was listening to earlier
and was discouraged by me
but I never saw his face so I never knew.
The lesson is
we tend to undervalue what we do
because we hear ourselves do it all the time
so to us it ain't good.
But to someone else,
it may be something exotic and virtuosic .
Do what you do
and the only real competition is yourself."