It allows us all to open up.
We are encouraged to suppress emotion during our daily lives. We want to look strong, confident and collected, but the long term containment of our feelings leads to addiction, illness, and the breakdown of relationships. It makes us live stifled, inhibited, shallow lives.
There is a well of emotion inside every song. Skill and experience help a performer to entice their audience to draw from this well and drink deeply.
I knew I had transitioned from an amateur singer to a professional, when I found the freedom to let go and take bigger chances. That’s when my audience members started telling me about how my performance had touched their lives.