(part of an email from a Thunder Bay musician last month)
I’m not very good at rambling to an audience and I don’t think I ever will be. I get tongue tied. Do you have to be born good at that because I’m not never was.
Go watch comedy. Comedians have no instrument to hide behind they have to be real or they lose the crowd. Watch them fail, watch them win but watch them all alone and vulnerable and you will find your legs on stage.
It’s weird that writing a song has nothing to do with being a performer but that’s how it is. You are a performer once you try to play your song on stage and if you can’t get comfortable being yourself in front of the crowd…it’s unlikely they will care to stay quiet and consider your lyrics and music.
Comedians who are talented are good at being themselves right away and that’s what you need to do too plus it’s fun to attend comedy shows.