Performing Music: Part Box-of-Chocolates, Part Roller Coaster

Around this time last year, I played my first show in Boise at Neurolux. Being on that stage made me feel more alive than I ever had before — to this day, it still does.

25 shows later and one small Northwest Tour in, there’s still nothing like getting on stage and having those 30-45 minutes to pour your heart out into the microphone. Sometimes, you’re present and in-the-moment up there. Sometimes, you’re in your head thinking, Shit. Don’t forget your lyrics. Sometimes, you feel like you’re having an out-of-body experience the entire time until the crowd claps and you’re brought back to reality.

Performing live is partially like a box of chocolates and partially like a roller coaster. You never know what you’re going to get or how the crowd will react. Once you step on that stage, no matter how it goes, you’re up there until it’s over.

Some people might find that terrifying — I live for it.

Yes, you’re vulnerable. Yes, sometimes you’re tired after driving all day to get there. Yes, there will be people who don’t like what you’re doing. But there’s nothing like performing music that you wrote. There’s nothing like being authentic and sharing the deepest parts of yourself with friends, family, and complete strangers.

There’s nothing like playing live.

I live for it.

-Ana Lete

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