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Great singers connect deeply with their song, great actors connect deeply with their characters, and great surfers truly connect with the wave. Our connection to what we are doing or performing are often defined as the difference between good and great performances.
This connection may seem strange. What we are trying to connect to? Does this 'connection' really exist?
A male musician connected with the music of the song he wrote, maybe connected to the emotions of the song, the sounds of the song, and the meaning of the song. He lives and breathes the song as if his mind and body are the song. He is in a deep trance, connected to abstract concepts (such as notes and rhythm), yet he can feel and experience them as if they are physically right in front of him, or alive inside him. This musician is connected to the energy of the song, and is free for the song to flow through his mind and body and into his instrument and voice. As an observer, we can feel and connect to this same energy of the performance, maybe not in the same intensity, but during that song we share a common experience and connection that may make us feel very alive.
Great performances may only occur once or twice in our lifetime for some, some may experience them more frequently, and some may have have never felt it. Regardless of whether we are singing, dancing, or playing tennis, the performer enjoys a magical connection through a whole heartened commitment to the performance. In these moments, the performer becomes one with the performance. No hiding, no holding back, just completely engulfed in the moment. In flow, without conscious interference. Simply reacting, creating and performing perfectly in moment-to-moment.
What we are connecting to is a complex and much debated topic. Some say that god flows through us during these times, some say we are connected to a flurry of energy that surrounds the performance, others move on confused.