I recently heard Chanticleer live for the first time, and was thrilled by what their songs evoked in me. It was as if they were a huge magnetic force that pulled out different emotions, different feelings, different states of consciousness from the core of my being.
Even my 8-year old daughter said the next day, “Their music really moved me!” She experienced firsthand how live music can literally change her energy, magnetically pulling the iron molecules of her consciousness into sync with their dynamic performance flow.
Even recorded music can capture great magnetism—have you ever stayed in your driveway long after you’ve arrived to listen to the end of some great piece or a performer that has ensnared your attention?
And let’s face it, our attention is what people want, and marketers go to great lengths to capture it.
Those of us who need to market our music but hate the thought of in-your-face marketing need to remember that there are always two ways of making yourself heard: You can shout something at the top of your lungs, or you can learn how to resonate.
I must admit I’ve never been much of a shouter, so the idea of resonance has always appealed to me. I’ve always been drawn to musicians who had a captivating sound, not sheer volume or intensity, but rather the depth and soul-transparency it expressed. I later learned that those artists were fabulous human beings as well, with less of an ego-magnet demanding to be fed.
Magnets, like performers, function on laws of attraction. When the audience feels an attraction and resonates back the energy of their enjoyment, the performer feels a tangible boost of energy and magnetism.
Therefore, you would think that performing musicians would be the happiest lot, wouldn’t you?
But we aren’t.
We become so caught up in drawing the energy in to gratify our egos that we don’t complete the energetic circuit with the audience. We hoard the energy and attention, not knowing that an alternative exists.
What is the alternative? Just more love. That’s it. Your love of the music, your love of the process, your love of the miraculous power of music to uplift consciousness.
Why are young kids so darn cute and magnetic? Because when they are in their flow, when they are transparent in their joyful experience, there is nothing more captivating. Recently I watched my daughter during her performance at a physical theater camp. I was moved to tears by a simple routine she completed, because she was so magnetic. She loved what she was doing, and it showed.
That’s the difference between an alluring performance and a truly magnetic performance: The alluring performer steals our attention through the art of seduction and never gives it back.
But a truly magnetic performer offers, receives, then gives back again. The more we give, the more we receive, expanding our magnetic field with even greater power, creating a dynamic mystical bond with the audience that lingers long after the last note has been played.
The next time you find yourself in front of an audience, try this: Feel for the magnetic connections from your heart to theirs. Let the magnetism already present begin to fuel your inspiration for performing, and feel for the magnetic resonance that builds throughout your performance, lifting everyone onto higher planes of enjoyment.
We all have this ability. Fulfill your magnetic destiny.