We musicians are our worst critics

by Cesco Emmanuel

So I had my solo gig this saturday past (September 15th) at Fiesta Plaza. It went pretty okay. For me, I know I could’ve done better.  And so I was dwelling on where I fell short in the show. All of yesterday I couldn’t get it out of my head how my performance did not live up to my expectations.

But it’s funny, almost everyone I spoke to, even random people I’ve never met kept telling me it was a great show. I even asked my musician friends who came and they all said the same thing – ‘Great set!’ But for me, I couldn’t get it out of my head that the show was not that good.

Today while attending a classical guitar recital, a woman stopped me to say ‘Thanks so much for a great performance on saturday’.

Now, that’s the nicest thing anyone ever said to me. And that’s when I felt better.

Maybe, in spite of what I thought, the audience thought otherwise, and maybe that’s more important.