Before I go on stage people will often say to me, “Good Luck!” First of all, let me say I am ALWAYS happy to have anyone say anything positive to me at any time, so I am in no way saying I don’t like hearing “good luck” when it is meant kindly, BUT I always find it strange when someone says it. Isn’t it bad luck to say “good luck”?
BroadwaySpotted.Com says it is bad luck to say “good luck” because the theater is filled with “chaos creating sprites who do the exact opposite of what someone says. Thus, if you say good luck, they will make sure you have bad luck instead.” (Do you think this is true for Jazz clubs too?)
With all that in mind, what can you say to someone about to go on stage?
I much prefer to hear “Break a leg”, but I have also grown quite accustomed to hearing “bon courage” (French, and for some reason I really like this saying although I don’t know the exact translation), “merde” (also French, which translates into English as “Shit”) and “Mucha Mierda” (Spanish, which translates into English as “lots of shit”). I also like “Knock ’em dead!”, but that doesn’t seem to be in usage much anymore.
Is there a Jazz specific way of wishing someone well? What do you like to say to someone as they about to take the stage? Sound off in the comment section!!