Get Up There and Bleed!

Last night I attended a community concert in a small town; no big deal but fun for those of us looking for a little ‘culture’ in what could fairly be regarded as one of the artistic backwaters of the world. In the program notes the drummer (is ‘percutionist’ more cultured?) said his approach to performing was to “get up there and bleed.” His words struck an immediate chord with me. We have a lot of cliches in our culture about “leaving it all on the field” and the like but his phrasing was earthy and immediate. You can’t give much more to a performance, or to a life, than to “bleed” in a total emptying out of yourself for another person no matter if the occasion is a concert or the saving of a life. In looking at my life I think I need to recapture the emotion that led me to “get up there and bleed” on occasions in the past. It is exhilarating, liberating, and exhausting to “leave it all out there” but nothing is more satisfying and I had forgotten what it feels like until last night and I want the feeling back.


About Edward

Dishwasher, bartender, cook, house painter, movie usher, Marine helicopter pilot, teacher, administrator, teacher again, retired teacher, Secular Franciscan, Lay Ecclesial Minister- it's been an interesting ride.
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