Tuesday, January 03, 2006

Chatty Crowds

Why do people pay good money to go out to a club, see music and talk the entire time?

I understand the need to converse every now and then, but when the band is pouring themselves out on stage (especially in some of those 'quiet' moments) I cringe at the overwhelming patter of discussion and general chit chat that is likely nowhere near the substance or expressive potency of what's coming off the stage.

Sure, there are those who will tell you that they paid their good money to be there and they're entitled to do whatever the hell they want. They may be right, but when you are diminshing the quality of experience for those around you, it might be time to self-check and ask if what you're saying is really all that important at that moment.

OK I'll admit, I'm guilty of doing it sometimes too. We can't help it.

What can we do to quell out desire for expression and just for a brief and shining few moments be there to aborb and reflect the art, without needing to chime in with random conversation?

I've never seen it, but I've heard the crowds in Japan are pin-drop quiet and respectful during shows. They also often know all the words and changes and are dialed into the vibe with perfect attention...how incredible it must be to perform for such an attentive audience.

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