What did strike me though is his powerful and urgent need to be heard. That is his driving force. That is why he practices and performs. He wants to be seen and be heard.
Last night I watched a downloaded ep of The Voice UK on the computer. I was surprised. It was enjoyable and uplifting - full of personality, good humour and encouragement of talent and expression. There was a part when a truly original artist with vision, talent and the courage to be different (himself) didn't get the judges to turn around (and allow him to continue in the competition). Will.i.am realised his mistake later but it was indicative of how you need to be creative and out there - but no too much.
I felt other feelings while watching the show - like as a visual artist there's rarely an outlet for have a large group witness the effort and dedication you have put into your passion. Unlike music, where you instantly connect with the audience, art is done in silence and mostly appreciated in silence - and also by one person at a time. There is no applause, no whoop whooping and no standing ovations. Would it be encouraging if there were these things for the artist? Yes. Especially the whoop whooping. I'm even uplifted by writing it. Slightly.
Back to the original point - about our need as humans to be acknowledged by others of our species. It's a life affirming thing. It's a form of positive connection. It also reflects ourselves back to ourselves and says; we think you are OK - good - or great. We like how you've been spending your time and approve of your results. Keep it up. Solo passion and drive is a great thing and can take you far but it's a fact that the praise of others will boost even the most self sufficient of creators.
On the other hand, one has to be careful not to actually do things just to get this attention. That is foolhardy and takes the power away. It has to be real. And it has to come from within. The true purpose of any great work - in any of the fields - is to move and uplift on a emotional/intellectual/spiritual level. It's not going to do this if the intention of the creator is not pure.