It’s Thursday evening and another week is winding down. You decide to meet with friends at a nearby watering hole, have some food, and share some war stories over a drink. Sometime around eight o’clock a band ambles onto the stage to begin their first set. As the musical group works through their first few numbers, a smattering of polite applause from around the room encourages them on. Little by little the musicians get a little more adventurous with their song selections. Individual solos become more pronounced, lyrics are more inviting for audience participation. Private conversations between patrons slowly become less prominent, and gradually more eyes focus on the artists before them on stage.
Then imperceptibly, there’s that moment. In one magical instant something inexplicable happens when audience and artist suddenly become one. No one can say when or how it occurs, but when it does happen on those rare occasions, an electricity fills the room that brings total strangers together in pure joy. Everyone in the room becomes a vital cog in a continuing stream of energy that drives artists and audiences alike into uncharted territory.
When the passion and talent of a performer causes them to freely give away every musical fiber of themselves, people will give notice of appreciation in a manner that only those who gave witness to the event can understand. This is the unique power of live performance, and the beauty lies in the fact that it encompasses all genres and demographics. You never know where it will occur, or who with. But, it’s not something you can consciously cause or go looking for. You just need to be available to the eventuality, and on those very fortunate days, you will revel in having experienced the phenomenon first hand. Any artist can tell you that when they have poured every ounce of themselves out to a waiting public, sparks will fly, and the energy it creates will feed the fire.
When was the last time you got anything like that from a TV show?
So, get out to those bars and venues and enjoy the moments for their own sake. Every night someone is putting it all out there for you to grasp and keep. This is what defines StageWages as a movement rather than any kind of service. Our intent is to promote the idea that live performance must not be allowed wither and die, whether from indifference or outside forces. If you believe that art defines who we are as a society, then we owe to ourselves to actively stoke the fires of creativity. If you are an artist, working or not, we invite you to join us at www.stagewages.com. We’ll happily promote your talent without fees of any kind. If you are a fan of music or an other performance art form, please follow us and like us on Facebook and Twitter. Together, let’s breath life back into the joy that is live performance.