Last night was the second year in a row that on a Monday gig in December I caused some expensive equipment to fall on the floor.
Last year it was my keyboard – I set up the stand in a rush and when I placed the keyboard on it, it collapsed. A few hundred euros worth of damage.
Last night it was my colleague’s phone and tablet. I was pointing my arm in her direction to acknowledge her vocal on a song when I knocked over the stand with her gear on it. Thankfully no damage but it could have been a lot worse.
All because I was too excited.
You see I love playing the panto every year, but I also love playing gigs where you can let loose a bit more, and so when I emerge from a series of panto gigs to the outside world, it seems I get a bit excited.
A bit like the footballer who has been sitting on the bench, and is so determined to make an impact on the game when he comes on, that the first thing he does is commit over-zealously to a tackle and gets himself sent off.
Excitement is good, adrenalin is good, energy is good – they can all lead to great music and performances – but next December I’ll try to channel them a little bit more effectively.