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Tuesday, February 14, 2006 

When gigging becomes work....

...you are burnt out!

Having been working through a phase like that this past year, after 9 years of being somewhere (physically) musically 2-3, sometimes more, times a week, either for pay or volunteer...I have come to realize that the desire to perform does go away sometimes. And sometimes it goes away for a fairly long time! But, it doesn't have to mean you are through performing. There are many reasons we can become disenchanted with our musical muses for a period of time. Whatever the reasons.. when the time comes that you dread getting dressed for a gig or, when you can't wait to get off stage instead of the other way around...it's time for rest. Simple. You need a rest and rejuvenation and time alone to write new material or not write at all..who cares, but you need a break...that is a real break to you.

Recovering from burn out can be a fairly long process. But soon you'll feel those stirrings again when it's time for you. Now that I am slowly but surely coming out of it ....I feel and see a new dawn in my writing, a new desire to perform with more energy brewing. But through the initial confusion, it hurt me to think I may never play again. Now, having experienced true 'burn out' for the first time as a performing songwriter and wearer of many other hats, I have learned to embrace it as another chapter in my life meant to rejuvenate me mentally and physically and as an opportunity to grow my muse to new proportions and heights.

Don't wait for burn out to happen before you start taking care of yourself. Not everyone can be a star, but it's guaranteed the ones that are...kept themselves shiny enough to be noticed. :)

Annette Warner
Editor - GoGirlsMusic.com

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