Could you tell me the answer to this plz~?
Some performers, like Carly Simon, on the other hand, choose to have the lights on the audience "because of the empathic reaction." She says, "When I feel I don't have the audience, when they're not warm, I'll pick out one person, usually in the first four rows, and sing a song directly to that person. He or she will get embarrassed and turn to people on his right or left. Therefore the embarrassment, or the focus I'm putting on him, takes it away from me."
From the paragraph above, I cannot catch the meaning of 'takes it away from me' of the second last line. And what does it mean in that sentence?
Plz help me~