The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #29270 Message #370097
Posted By: Deckman
06-Jan-01 - 09:28 PM
Thread Name: Where are YOUR lyrics written?
Subject: RE: BS: Where are YOUR lyrics written?
You know, this REALLY is a very good topic. I have to distinguish between playing with friends (hoots) and playing for public. I'd like to address the public aspect: All my life, as a performer, I've put a high priority on my obligation to entertain. To 'entertain' means that I have to do my homework, set my performance, practice practice practice so that I WILL NOT have any memory lapses. To do so would mean that I have failed my obligation. A performers trick, I learned 100 years ago, is to meet peoples eyes directly in their own foreheads. By that I mean, DO NOT look them in the eyes. These days, I sing a lot at retirement homes. I like to wander around the room and make personal contact with everyone .. they think I'm looking at them, but I'm looking at a spot in the center of their forehead. If I make EYE contact, I can lose the thread of my concentration, and I would be a failed entertainer. I hope this helps. CHEERS!