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July 22, 2008


Dan Gross

Being a drummer since 5th grade there aren't many instances where "stage fright" comes into play. Sometimes it's a person that does it. Play in front of 500 people? No problem. Play in front of [someone you look up to]? Oh, boy. Example: The #1 drummer on our worship team is incredible. When I sit in and he shows up it can't help but mess with my head a little. But when I decided at my old church to pick up the guitar and sing, that was a totally different thing. Playing guitar (yikes!) in church (yikes!), and playing contemporary songs (including some 3D) in a generally traditional church (yowza!)...first verses were frequently song with "nervous vibrato." Worst is when I'm really nervous I seem to have trouble finding the opening pitch...Even playing drums in my current church there's a certain nervousness I can't escape because this isn't just "playing songs" but lifting our praises up to the Lord. I'll get over that with time...

Christopher [at] lightvox


I just wanted to say I think its great that you have embraced the power of social networking. You interact with your fans and followers on twitter, answer questions on your blog and get people involved. Apparently, studying history at an engineering school really did rub some geek off on you. It's unfortunate that other artist that have these accounts setup only have one way communications I think they are missing the boat and turning twitter into another myspace and making it very impersonal. I really enjoy laughing at your daily events at twitter (sorry) you crack me up.

- Christopher


I think for me a stagefright issue is always - am I in my element or not?

Sheldon Heatherington

In response to Sharon,
Yes your right. I do voice recitals, and I get a little nervous, just never really thought much about that part of it!


Sheldon ... stagefright is very real!!!!! And I can totally relate to how crippling it can be. I lead worship and I've learned to just "step aside" inside myself. I just imagine that it's not me but the Holy Spirit singing through me. Maybe it's just a mindgame maybe it's for real .... I just know that it works and it reminds me of my focus. It's not about me but about leading people to the Father


MARK!!! Skribit? Twitter? Tumblr? I can't keep up! Stop the madness!

Sheldon Heatherington

Stage fright.
Is it really fright, or are we just so excited that we get all nerved up? always wondered about that.


At what time did you start the "after the concert salute with the right hand while holding your guitar extended in your left forever post-show" thing?

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