It was the first song in our community band concert and I had a big solo. The director counted off Begin the Beguine and the song started. Right after the intro there was a short vamp and I totally zoned out. I heard the vamp before the solo going on and listened intently hoping they would keep it together and on time. It went on a few times and I started to feel that something was missing. Oh Shit. I have a solo here. I looked up at the director who was frantically trying to get my attention. I waited for it to come around again to start playing and woke up.
I seem to always wake up when things get real. I guess that could be a good thing. It protects me from dream harm both mental and physical.
I thought about it for a few minutes wondering whether the band would actually be waiting for me by playing the vamp over and over until I started or if it just went on for a while in the background and they would have continued counting the measures coming in as usual. Probably the latter. The former would take too much thought and sudden special attention.