I was having an internal debate about how much the roll of emotion plays into a bands/artists success. The most common thread I can see between successful acts is that they deliver the goods, so to speak. Meaning when they sing a sad song they deliver that emotion through their voice or instrument. And I think that may be a major factor to other musicians lack of success. I think the people who make it dig a little deeper. Whether it be in lyrical content or how much emotion they put into their recorded or live performance. Based on my own personal experience, I can say one of my bands worse note for note performance was the best received live showing of the band. And I think that is because we made up in emotion. So I think I can say sometimes your attitude/emotion can trump your ability/performance as a musician. I also can say that one of the singers I've played with could nail "Streets Have No Name" by U2, but could not bring the same passion to his own music. Which seemed weird at the time. Maybe he was scared of what he was really feeling inside. So I was wondering, how much time during the songwriting process does your band put into conveying emotion? Or is it just something that comes natural for the ones that have "it"? I am far from a pro level songwriter, but I would think that the emotion of the song is everything, but I can say that none of the original acts I've played with really dealt with this subject. I just wanted to open up a conversation on this subject and see where some of you were at. Is it something that you learned or is it a new concept to a younger player? I think this also may address the issue some bands have with not connecting with their crowd. I've read it here and have heard it before, about the band that played flawlessly but bored the crap out of you. So what are some of your thoughts?