One Goal – with my music – connect with strangers. Immediately, (3-10 secs), and then for 3.5 mins.
Simple in concept, very hard to do. Usually, I fail. Once in awhile it works. The “once in awhile” times, makes it all worth it.
I find the best way to do that is to dig really deep into my experience of things and then work, really, really hard to make a song and performance. Far, far more work than “fun.” Usually, my experience is mainly sub-conscious and non-verbal – as it is for everyone — and that’s how we connect. Bingo!
Almost all of the effort is on my craft and technique. I am not a perfectionist but I “hear” the song in my head and have a craving to realize that. Usually, I don’t. But I am gratified just trying as hard as I can.
My brain, not “me,” is extremely picky and demanding. A missed BPM, bad vocal mix (I HATE), no connection or groove, etc. and I get immediately focused and – STOP! FIX! NOW!
Covers – I do covers of songs that hit me deep. I also usually hear a different version of the song – usually darker, MUCH darker….lol…
Perfect Songs – like “Hurt”, “When I Fall in Love”, “For Emily Wherever You Are”, “Hero” i try to deliver the song as straight as possible. That is real hard too, to keep “me” at a very minimum.