David Bowie’s wonderful way of handling the thrill of live performance

Wednesday, January 13, 2016

It's sad whenever somebody you admire dies. But that sadness can be tempered by the many wonderful things you learn about them in the days that follow.

Here's something new I enjoyed learning this week about David Bowie.

During intermissions of his Isolar II tour performances, Bowie watched episodes of the British soap opera Coronation Street.

He found it helped him to:

... get his breath, to occupy his mind but not engage it, to help him hold on to the stratospheric high from the concert's first half.

Isn't that a wonderful image?

A global icon deals with the intensity of a live show by watching a programme about ordinary folk in a Manchester suburb.

How do you deal with your performance anxiety or excitement?

Try this 5-step stage fright cure, or read Larry Kim's 15 ways to calm your nerves.

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