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rmp 11-14-2019 12:00 PM


Originally Posted by KevWind (Post 6211469)
But even if your name is Mary, you can still be proud.

I knew it was only a matter of time before that one dropped.. :)

rmp 11-14-2019 12:07 PM


Originally Posted by reeve21 (Post 6211425)
Folks like us who play are a lot more open to unfamiliar music than the average person, who just wants to go out for a fun night and maybe sing along on a few tunes.

True dat... musicians tend to listen to music differently than most folks who are not. Not their fault right? We're just coming from an entirely different place as "listeners".

I can say that the last tunes I want to play when the band I am in is working is something like Mustang Sally or Twist & Shout. (enter a hundred thousand other ones that everyone has on their personal list)

but you play those tunes, and the dance floor gets full... real fast...

as opposed to spending 5 rehearsals trying to nail a Steely Dan tune, and when FINALLY you do it on your first gig, much to your dismay all you hear are crickets when you've finished the song.

While the band may have pulled it off perfect technically, it's a swing and a miss for the entertainment factor.

It's like I said in a previous post, we're there to entertain THEM, not ourselves. so, I just suck it up, smile like it's the first time I played these songs, but in truth, it's probably the 10 thousandth time..

They came to have some fun, let em have fun...

Nama Ensou 11-14-2019 12:47 PM


Originally Posted by RedJoker (Post 6211392)
There is a lot of discussion about performers that need to understand that they need to play what the audience wants to hear and not their originals. I'm not sure that's always true.

It's definitely not always true and flexibility is a winner. Follow the atmosphere in the room and be capable of going anywhere is a good recipe. I've had nights where they wanted only to hear me in the background of their conversations, others where they wanted to sing along to everything, and then the great nights, where no one is talking and they're all facing the stage in silence, enjoying anything and everything you do, originals included.

One of my favorite customer experiences ever was when an older guy in his 80's came up to the stage three times saying that I'd just played a song he'd never heard before and how much he loved it. None of the three of those songs are even going to be on anyone elses play list, but they all moved him to the point of having to come up and point them out.
One was an original, one was a seldom heard Japanese song, even in Japan and the last was the only time I ever played Wuthering Heights. Great night with them all there for the music, no matter what I played, but unfortunately most nights aren't like that, and yet I still enjoy it and try to make sure they do too. I love playing for people.

Jcamp 11-18-2019 07:11 AM

Guy wants to play 80's new wave dance songs. Insists on sticking with his current gigs in biker bars.
Im 20foot off the ground in a treestand deer hunting and I laughed out loud when I read this. Lol. No worries though..... just seeing squirrels this morning

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