Jim Donovan playing w/ Rusted Root @ 1992 Great Blue Heron Music Festival
Being "All In"
by Jim Donovan
Sometimes strange, seemingly unrelated occurrences connect important ideas together for me.
Case in point:
I was driving home last night after a workshop, it was late and I needed something not caffeinated to help me stay awake. I stumbled onto a station cranking an 80s' metal song called "Last in Line" by Ronnie James Dio...
(Yes I am a child of the Eighties and I have the old sleeveless T shirts to prove it.)
As I listened to him sing it suddenly dawned upon me why I like his singing so much.
When he sings, Dio holds nothing back.
When he recorded that tune he was ALL IN.
As I considered my "realization", I found that all of my favorite artists as well as the people I most enjoy being around share this quality. When I'm teaching, playing drums, or playing with my kids I know from experience that the best stuff happens when I'm ALL IN.
That thought made me curious....
I am interested to know who inspires you by being "ALL IN".
For neatness sake make your response(s) in this kind of format:
"When Dio sung "Last in Line" he was ALL IN."
"When Steeler wide receiver Santonio Holmes caught that touchdown pass in the Superbowl he (and his feet) were ALL IN."
Leave it to 80's hair metal to teach me something this important...