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Thread #128145   Message #2866170
Posted By: Lighter
17-Mar-10 - 01:31 PM
Thread Name: Finger in Ear - what's all that about?
Subject: RE: Finger in Ear - what's all that about?
Didn't MacColl also sing with his eyes closed?

This is a serious question. The combination of cupped hand and closed eyes would absolutely distinguish his kind of unaccompanied song from pop music. It would help reorient the audience's expectations to something "new," more subtle and requiring greater concentration. Fromn the performer's point of view, closed eyes also aid recall. Most kinds of show-biz singing, however, demand eyes open and eye contact with the audience (intermittent in some cases).