Art isn't complete or even fully real until it is witnessed

Today I have a gig with Fagroongala. I am looking forward to it. I really hope that there will be lots of people to hear our new arrangements, and I hope that the new songs will go over really well.
This is, after all, the last essential step in creation: the art isn't complete or even fully real, I feel, until it is witnessed and shared. As I have written before, all communication is a matter of taking an idea — an intangible invisible thought with no mass or dimension — placing it in a box, and wrapping it in such an expert way that by giving the box to an audience and by allowing listeners to unwrap it, even when they find that the box itself is empty, the idea will magically spring into existence in their own minds. Tonight is an occasion for that unwrapping.