I was listening to a piece on Radio 2 earlier today
about being on stage and performing.
The main thrust of the argument was that
anyone can perform (stage fright and nerves notwithstanding).
Do you think that's the case?
~ Karaoke, Boston, USA, 1993 ~
If you've ever seen the early rounds of Britain's Got Talent
and The X Factor, you might be disagreeing with that statement.
~ A one-off performance ~
But do we tend to confuse the ability to perform with talent?
As a child, I could sing. I was in the Choir.
We romped through Jesus Christ, Superstar and A Pride of Lions.
We sang in schools' competitions.
I still sing now.
Just for me.
Around the house.
When I'm out with the dog.
Only over the years, I seem to have lost the knack.
I know that I don't sing as well as I did when I was at school.
Doesn't mean to say that I couldn't perform if I had to.
Can anyone perform?
If the performer loves to be on stage, does it really matter
if they're not particularly top notch?
Is talent merely an added extra?