Showing posts from September, 2013

On being nervous

Yesterday, I was flattered by a friend's compliment that I didn't look nervous during my CNBC appearance. Despite being a performer himself, my friend was impressed because performance anxiety is the #1 fear in America, as the saying goes. How does someone overcome an anxiety as paralyzing as stage fright?
"According to most studies, people's number one fear is public speaking. Number two is death. Death is number two. Does that seem right? That means to the average person, if you have to go to a funeral, you're better off in the casket than doing the eulogy." --Jerry Seinfeld

Amazing Greg Fox drum solo

Saw drummer Greg Fox at Scapescape '13. Click to listen.

Even his dreams are cool-- As has happened in dreams that I've had, a totally stereotypical UFO, spaceship, flying saucer or what have you, with flashing lights and everything—flew into view and landed on the edge of this hill and, you know, like in The Day The Earth Stood Still. The doors opened and I saw somebody get out of the ship. I was sitting in this field and this whoever, person, this being, I don't know what, is walking towards me. As it gets closer, I can see it's the textbook alien... gray, you know, like X-Files or whatever dude, with the big eyes and everything. But he's wearing a fucking yellow Adidas track suit, he has dreadlocks and a Rasta cap and he's carrying a guitar over his shoulder. So he walks up to me and he's like "Hey Greg. What's up?"(Read the rest of Village Voice's Q&A.)