When Your Bones Grow (0:41)
A few weeks ago, comedian Paul Reiser wrote a riveting “tribute” piece in the Huffington Post about the death of his idol David Brenner. It’s a lengthy article and worth the read if you were a David Brenner fan. The article.
Anyway, there was one short excerpt that I wanted to share with you, where Reiser describes one of the best stand-up shows he ever did. It reminded me that most often our focus is on assessing, correcting, and critiquing our work. And while that’s all good, lets not forget to acknowledge the successes, wins, and especially those times when we “killed it!” Whether it was on stage, in the studio, at the office, or at the investors meeting.
Reiser wrote: “It was one of the best shows I can remember ever doing. My "A" material killed. And the "B" and "C" stuff worked like "A" material. It was one of those shows where—and this may be something only other comics understand—I felt my bones grow! I took chances, I pushed harder. I paused longer. I experimented—pulling material from here and putting it there. And it all worked! When I walked off stage at the end of the night, I was a better performer than when I walked on stage earlier. Maybe in ways that only I would notice—but it was magical nonetheless.”
|Posted By Art Zapata|
| reisner's words... |
Made me tear up. I know that feeling, have been there gotta remember to go on and not give up.
|Posted By Sarah Vail|
| Thank You |
Thank you, thank you for this timely reminder. We all have the magic in us. Sometimes the forces of the cosmos come together just right, and a great performance happens. I had a moment today at a gig where I knew I was saying what I wanted to say with my music. That's always the goal. This post couldn't have come at a better time, because I wouldn't have thought of this gig in the same way as I do now. What a blessing you are, Michael.
|Posted By PJ Parker|
| Magic |
Just had one of those moments-been asked to sing at a friend of a friend's mother's funeral viewing.After scrambling to find an accompanist(and subsequently making great contacts with new musicians although none were available for the gig)I decided I could wing it acappella.The family contact had requested only 2 specific songs which I researched and prepared,and added another as a reserve.Right before I was due to sing,another family member asked that I reverse the order,which meant my carefully crafted segues uncrafted.I just thought,OK God,here we go.At the last second I added a fourth song because it worked in my head,and it was all magical, spiritual-almost divine.The family was very moved.So was I.
|Posted By Thomas Mann|
| Killed It! |
Most often I think that I’m the only one who really knows “I killed it.”
|Posted By Rondo|
| Killing it |
Too often I neglect to acknowledge those times I “killed it.” However, I always remember those times I didn’t. Huh?
|Posted By Beth Marcus|
| David Brenner |
I just read the HP article and was so impressed with Reisners tribute to David Brenner. I do recall the days when Brenner hosted the Tonight Show and he was one of the greats. Thanks for sharing this inspiring story Michael.