there is a swamp road to avoid in performance. there’s quicksand there or leeches. god knows what frightening monsters wait for the fool that goes down it and it’s all in your mind. it’s like running around a track. if you are certain about the conditions you could experiment and close your eyes for a bit, shouldn’t be too difficult, even sorta of fascinating to experience. But as soon as you start to think about screwing up, you trip. same in performance. if you wonder whether you recall the lyrics you’ve taken a detour to swamp road, disaster waits. trick is not to let those thoughts take over. in improvising too. to think about it, to raise inner doubts about it – game over. maybe the trick is knowing the main route so well, so inside out, that it is effortless to stay on it.

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