I've been practicing my guitar by playing-- and by "playing" I mean butchering-- a lot-- and by "a lot" I mean three-- Lucinda Williams songs.
Last week, a friend asked me when I was going to take my guitar up on stage with me. I think the word "never" quickly spat out of my mouth along with some chamomile tea and masticated Christmas cookies.
I'm a standup comic, not a musician. Telling dick jokes is one thing, cursing between chord changes while I try to sing a song about dicks is just too scary to contemplate. What if I screwed up? What would I do?
Then I found this YouTube video of Lucinda Williams... screwing up... royally. Like a pro, she handled her mistake the same way I cope when a joke bombs or I forget a set-up or I repeat something I had already said earlier in my act. She acknowledged the mistake, kept her sense of humor and moved on.
Audiences are a forgiving people if they sense you're genuine and in control. But, let's be honest, there's no way they should have forgiven those pants.