Cause it’s always nice to know that you’re not alone, and that it happens to the best of us.
I have to start out the list with Glenn Gould *fans self with hands* who considered audiences evil (literally) : “I detest audiences. I think they are a force of evil.” But hey, he left extensive recordings so I won’t complain.
Vladimir Horowitz *dreamy sigh*, famous pianist known for his ability to enthrall audiences, retired from performing publicly several times due to severe stage fright.
Then there’s the unforgettable tenor Andrea Bocelli. In an interview with Tom Bryan, he discloses that stage fright never goes away: “It always happens and it’s a big problem. Everything that’s simple suddenly becomes unbelievably complicated. It’s almost a disease. (…) It has nothing to do with how many times you’ve been on stage. It’s something that accompanies you for all your life.
Pablo Casals, cellist, told his interviewer Josep Maria Corredor in Conversations with Casals: “Nerves and stage fright before playing have never left me through-out the whole of my career. Can you realize that at each of the thousands of concerts I played at, I felt as bad as I did on that first occasion?”
Adolf Henselt, also a pianist, considered by many to be on the same level as Lizst, was “terrified of the public”. Schonberg writes in his book Great Pianists: “When playing with an orchestra, (Henselt) would hide in the wings until the opening tutti was over, rush out and literally pounce on the piano. On one occasion he forgot to put aside the cigar he was nervously chomping - this was in Russia - and playing the concerto cigar in mouth, smoking away, much to the amusement of the Czar. The mere thought of giving a concert made him physically ill.” (Honestly, the cigar part makes me giggle)
Renee Fleming *heart eyes emoji*, American soprano, admits frankly to have dealt with stage fright. In an interview with Imogen Tilden she says: “I have had a very difficult time with stage fright; it undermines your wellbeing and peace of mind, and it can also threaten your livelihood.”
There are so many more who belong on this list: Argerich (who once cut her finger in order to cancel a performance), Bolet, Rubinstein, CHOPIN… Just know that if they - the greats - went on stage, performed so spectacularly, so unforgettably, despite their fears… you can too.
“We’re sick of hearing people say, “That band is so gay,” or “Those guys
are fags.” Gay is not a synonym for shitty. If you wanna say
something’s shitty, say it’s shitty. Stop being such homophobic
A little treat for you all for still following my queue whilst I was away travelling.
Two of my legacy simmies for use in your games!
Jason and Julian Dwyer are twin brothers with very different approaches to life. Whilst logic minded Jason dreams of finding new lifeforms his arty brother Julian is intent on becoming a moody rockstar.
What will this twosome (who happen to be Don Lothario’s grandsons) get up to in your game?