It's only happened two or three times for me but it happened last night. I was on...I felt great and my voice was strong.
The backstory: My 24 neice just lost her baby's daddy in a TRAGIC TRAGIC accident. Obviously everyone in the family is hurt and she's going through a lot trying to grasp the fact that her daughter will never see her father again. She's not overly educated, she has a dead end job, and she's been through a tough few years with some issues, but to her credit, she's going back to school, she's trying to figure out how to be a single mom and she's working on bettering their lives. It's pretty insirational to see a young person deal with something like this.
So I'm goofing around and playing some tunes and decided to drop her name in this song by Great Big Sea not realizing the lyrics that followed.
[*&^%] sings on the corner, what keeps her from dying?
Let them say what they want, she won't stop trying
She might stumble, if they push her 'round
She might fall, but she'll never lie down
In this beautiful life, but there's always some sorrow
It's a double-edged knife, but there's always tomorrow
It's up to you now if you sink or swim,
Keep the faith and your ship will come in.
It's not so bad
It hit me hard and it happened quickly. All of of sudden all of the lines to this song matched what she was going through and it became immediatly difficult to get through the song. Of course I did, and nobody could see the emotion I was feeling (I'm surpriised to be honest). I finished the song and actually told the audience that that was it...that was about as much as I could get performance wise out of any song that they'll ever hear me play. It was pretty cool though. There aren't many times when a song or a performance will move me that much.