Amy Mantis


Trial By Fire

February 22, 2013

This is my post for the 21st, but it’s 1:21AM.

Today I taught a ten year old Seven Nation Army.  He dug it.


Most of the time, life is trial by fire.  At least my life is.  I’m a big fan of seeing if things work and making them work once I notice that they do, in fact, work.

I try not to question why things work.  I mean things that shouldn’t work (every band ever).  Most of the time it’s the people involved that make it work.  And I rarely plan out of every little detail about everything.  I’m a big picture person.  It has its benefits.  I will admit that I get mad at the small picture people sometimes.  But the small picture is necessary (and an entirely different post).

Canary is still in trial by fire mode.  For example, SXSW is in less than three weeks and Alex and I are pretty sure we’re going to drive down to see what happens.  I’ve never driven that far in my life.  Totally trial by fire.

Those acoustic videos?  Trial by fire.  Us booking shows where we’ve never been?  Trial by fire.  Every time I solo in open G?  Trial by fire.  Every time I sit down to write (anything)?  Trial by fire.  It’s rare that I know entirely when something will work.  I’ve been wrong so many times.  And to add insult to injury, I’ve been wrong about the same thing multiple times.

I’ve been burned.  Probably more times than I can remember.  Yet I keep going back.  It hasn’t stopped me.  I’m 22 and incredibly daft (on occasion I’m deft) so this shouldn’t come as a surprise.  But I’m definitely ahead.  I’ve been burned, but I’ve gotten so much out of this approach that I have to say one thing before I go:

Don’t be afraid of the flames.