I can’t stress enough how accurate this is.
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You’re about to sing an aria.
Your palms are sweaty, knees weak, arms are heavy (cue “Lose Yourself” by Eminem), and even though the high note is minutes away, you’re already thinking about it.
You loosen up your body and set up good posture. You begin to focus deeply and slip into character. Your pianist plays the intro but the thought creeps into your head again: “the high note.”
You start singing and the first few phrases go well. You’re spinning your sound and getting your breath underneath you: everything so far is awesome. And then once more, you find yourself thinking about that dang high note up ahead.
You keep singing and you’re really into the piece but the anticipation of the high note keeps hovering in your mind. The music gets louder, the harmonic rhythm quickens, the excitement builds…
and here it…
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