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Thread #141650   Message #3262747
Posted By: Deckman
24-Nov-11 - 12:24 PM
Thread Name: Authenticity & Showmanship - Impossible?
Subject: RE: Authenticity & Showmanship - Impossible?
I'm finding this topic interesting. 100 years ago, when I was younger and in high school, I was just starting to get into "serious performing." I pondered this question a lot. I was, fortunatly, tutored by a consumate and well expierenced "performer." He taught me the "craft" of stage performing ... how to do it well ... how not to loose an audience, etc.

Many years ago, I realized that not only could I never become a 49er in the gold fields of Caifornia, hard rock miner in Montana, or an ox driver on the Oregon trail, I COULD sing the songs of those times. And beyond being "entertaining, I could also present the true stories of those events.

I've always measured my "success" by the comments from audiences after the concert. I like to hear things like: "Wow ... I never knew that!" Or, your singing of "Pretty Saro" made me cry.

So ... where does authenticity leave off and showmanship come in? I really don't know, but I do know what pleases me ... and my audiences.

Thanks for starting this thought provoking thread. bob(deckman)nelson