The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #121329   Message #2650181
Posted By: Don Firth
06-Jun-09 - 04:43 PM
Thread Name: To introduce songs, or not, and how?
Subject: RE: To introduce songs, or not, and how?
"The problem is that if someone comes to see you again quite soon afterwards, it's going to be so obvious you're an act from the scripted repetition."

True. But the simple solution to this problem is to know your material well. Don't script what you are going to say. Know it well enough to be able to ad lib it, and either shorten it or lengthen it depending upon the audience and the occasion.

In this respect, make every performance new and different.

There are many performers who get up in front of an audience and blunder around blindly, having not really worked out what they are going to sing or what kind of intros to do, if any. This can lead to aimless babbling or standing there staring at the song list taped to the side of your guitar trying to figure out what to sing next. Not good! So at least to a certain extent, if you are going to entertain and inform people, you need to be an "act."

I am of that school of thought that says "if your are going to take up peoples' time, and especially if you're going to ask them for money as you do so, you owe it to them to be well prepared."

Don Firth