posted on Mar, 7 2011 @ 09:37 AM
I wasn't sure as to where to put this, so I stuck it here as I have zero evidence to present.
My band is playing our annual week long stint for Bike Week here in Daytona. Last night, after finishing up, a fella came up to me to compliment me on
our set, and most particularly, my playing. He told me, among the normal compliments, that he could see "the waves of energy pouring off your
guitar" and "about a hundred spirits surrounding you, swirling and dancing in the air to the music". I responded poilitely, thanked him, and went
about the business of packing up my gear.
A friend of mine also claims to be able to see "spirits" by the hundreds flying around above the crowd when he goes to concerts. He often goes on
about how paranormal researchers/ghost hunters should focus more on looking for "happy ghosts", like the ones he sees at these concerts, as opposed
to the "angry ghosts" that they all seem to focus on (i.e. those who met untimely/violent deaths).
Now, I, personally, have never seen a ghost, or a spirit, or anything that I would consider paranormal. I'm pretty mundane that way. I do know that
occasionally, while playing music, something seems to augment my playing, allowing me to play better, more melodically, more fluidly, than I am
generally capable of. On the very rare night that everyone in the band has this happen, we actually make what I consider "music" in it's purest
sense. I know that last night, when the fella told me what he was seeing, it wasnt "happening". We played a good, solid set, but it wasn't
exceptional, none of us being "in the zone" where the really cool stuff happens.
This is, from what I heard and read from other musicians, not an uncommon occurrance. I've heard it described many ways, as a "direct line to the
creative forces of the universe" and other equally esoteric characterizations.
Anyway, I'd like to get some input from the membership here on the subject. Has anyone here seen "spirits" or whatever at music events? Or
"energy" flowing from a performer? Do you think the experience of being "in the zone" or having "augmented ability" could somehow be related?
Myself, I have no idea where this phenomena comes from, or why it happens. I just know that sometimes, (oh so rarely, much to my chagrin) I play
better than I know I am able, and have heard the same thing reported by other musicians. I can't say if it's related to "spirits" that I can't
see, or any other outside influence. I do know that I dig it when it happens, and I strive to "make the connection" whenever we play. Maybe it's
just a focus thing. Again, I don't know, and make no claim otherwise.
So, what do you think? Any annecdotes, theories, or just thoughts on the matter?