Staying well-nourished before going on stage.

I was recently playing a guitar and violin concert with my violinist friend at the "Proms on the roof" event in Kensington, London.

We were supposed to play in The Roof Gardens alongside other performers in a very relaxed, luxurious and exotic environment. The organisers' plan was to have various concomitant live acts, in different spots around the gardens. As an unexpected change of weather stopped us from playing outside, the organisers decided to follow plan B and move the event indoors. The environment was consequently a lot more formal and all the live music acts were reduced to half their initial length. We quickly had to rethink the approach to our repertoire.

We made a daring decision to only play the new songs, which we never performed together on stage before. About an hour prior to our slot I started feeling a bit more nervous than I usually feel before going on stage. Don’t get me wrong – I love that feeling and I think it can sometimes really help you focus and perform better. But, this time the feeling was stronger so I talked to my duo mate. He responded with a fairly random question: “Did you eat well today?”. At first, I thought he's joking, but then I realised I was actually quite hungry so I went to grab some food. I was very surprised to see how relaxed I was feeling by the time I was finishing my burger.

I don’t know how accurate this information is, but my mate explained that this could be related to our primitive instincts. Our ancestors needed to hunt in order to eat and survive. So when we’re hungry our bodies enter a state of alert. This was his explanation which seemed quite logical to me.

Most importantly, I really believe eating helped me relax and have a very good performance. Of course, eating can’t replace good prepping and our bodies are different so what helped me might not work the same for someone else, but I really think it is worth to try.

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