Call it a "sound check", or "rehearsal", or "trial run".
Whatever you're doing, your success almost always
depends on careful
You'll have only a slim chance to succeed if you
"wing it" with only bluff and bluster.
You can see examples of good preparation everywhere,
For example like millions of you, I watched the
first presidential debate and saw the candidates'
preparation pay off big time.
The next few weeks will reveal whose performance
was more decisive and lasting, but for now I think
both candidates scored a number of points.
And that big debate reminds me of another recent
Watching the Rio Olympics on TV last summer,
I saw all the athletes preparing to compete.
No surprise! Usually devoting much more time
to their warm up than to their actual contest.
Often years of conditioning their bodies, pacing
themselves, mentally focusing and "visualizing"
their performance ahead of time.
I remember wondering if the contests would
won by those who prepared the best, because
allowed them to perform the best.
There's a valuable lesson here for all of us.
How well do YOU prepare?
Nice? And now for the "salesy" stuff:
(Because we're always ready for your next party.)
For me and the band, every performance follows
First, many conversations set the scene. Where,
when, what's the occasion, what mood do you want,
and any special requests?
We scout out the best location for the band,
plan to pace ourselves with the event's timeline,
and coordinate with the planner, caterer, DJ, and
photographer, to assure that everything will go
smoothly as planned.
When we arrive we've already practiced the tunes
we'll be playing -- our familiar old favorites as well
as the new special songs.
Once we're finally at the location, we greet our
set up our equipment, tune up, and make
a quick sound check.
We talk about similar events we've entertained at
in recent years,
and we're ready for "show time".
All this careful preparation is about to pay off.
So the next time you see us, realize
we've already been preparing for you.