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Thread #121329   Message #2654041
Posted By: Jess A
11-Jun-09 - 11:57 AM
Thread Name: To introduce songs, or not, and how?
Subject: RE: To introduce songs, or not, and how?
Another 'it depends' answer from me. I'm probably repeating what lots of others have already said but for me the chat in between sets is an opportunity to share a little bit about the material (background, source, motivation for singing it...), make more of a connection with the audience, if they're the listening interestedly type, and also when playing in a multi-instrumental band, a way to cover the gaps where people are changing instruments and checking tuning.

That said I also hate it when (unless the performance is half stand-up, am sure somebody else has already mentioned Vin Garbutt...) the introductions outweigh the music. Or when the chat doesn't add anything, in terms of information or a connection with the performer.

Plus there are some gigs where the audience wants background music not a 'sitting still listening to every word' type concert, and there I feel really uncomfortable saying more than a few words - it just feels wrong. That said, I don't really enjoy that type of gig myself.

Earlier on, Tom Bliss said 'And, yes, you should certainly NEVER spoil the drama by telling the story of the song in the intro (it's amazing how many people do make this mistake though)! '... I'm not sure I agree with this 100%. I'm not advocating telling the whole plot of every song in a set. But there are times when there is so much going on in a ballad that you only have to miss a few key words to miss the point of the story, or other times when the imagery is a bit obscure and a bit of explanation beforehand helps. When I'm in an audience I quite like having a clue what the story is about before the song starts, not all the time but sometimes... so even with explaining storylines I'd still say 'it depends' as to whether it is appropriate or not.