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Back in high school, my senior project advisor told me, “There’s no such thing as a perfect performance.” And then immediately busted out an incredible drum solo. I’ve never forgotten that moment. I just assumed that being able to pull out a great solo on a whim meant he must be telling the truth. While that’s not quite how the world works, I continue to find truth in his words.
Thelonious Monk is famous for saying, “There are no wrong notes; some are just more right than others.” It’s true that everyone – and I mean everyone – makes mistakes during live performances. In a duet with Kelsea Ballerini at this year’s ACMs, superstar Nick Jonas played a guitar solo that ended with some very noticeable mistakes (around 0:45). But he’s a professional. He wrapped up his solo, brushed it off, didn’t get frustrated, and finished out his set like a star.