What causes stress?
Worries and speculation about something that’s out of your control.
- Worrying whether enough people will show up to cover the costs, to make it worthwhile, to not embarrass the performer….
- Worrying about the acoustics of a new venue
- Worrying about reaction of the audience to a performer they’ve never heard of before
That was my stress every day in the week, ever since I decided to organise an extra concert because the first was sold out.
Yesterday morning, my friend and I, as co-hosts thought we’d have a maximum of 8 people. She threw her wishes to the wind as she set off for work, “Let more people show up.” The evening, as it turned out, was enjoyed by nearly 20. It was a candle-lit concert that far exceeded both our expectations.
What causes stress?
- Whether there would be enough chairs and space for everyone to sit comfortably and enjoy themselves
- Whether people who reserved actually do show up
- Whether those very same people would bring extra guests at the very last minute
- Whether people who didn’t reserve would show up
- Whether our monument house can fit 50 people
In the 24 hours before our next house concert, I received tweakings of this magic number 50. An illness in the family caused five people to cancel at the very last minute. “Sorry to hear that,” reacted an anonymous caller, “but could you fit two of us then?”
“How did you find out about this concert?” I asked.
“I received an sms to check out your house concert website,” he said. “Maybe my friend saw something posted at the supermarket.”
“No, that’s not possible,” I said. “Everything has been done by e-mail and through the internet.” I had no time to print and post a flyer. In fact, none of our neighbours are coming to our concert. We had no time to tell them about this concert. We sold out in three days.
In the last 24 hours before our next house concert, it’s a game of checks and balances. One person asked to bring his wife. Another decided to come without his girlfriend.
The total number of bodies expected in our house tomorrow at 8 pm remains at 50.
But some will have to sit on the oak parquet floor. Some will have to stand. Some might not even be able to see the performer. One thing for sure, and that I guarantee: everyone will hear and feel the live music.