The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #157908   Message #3730323
Posted By: Big Al Whittle
14-Aug-15 - 10:17 AM
Thread Name: why do singers take so long to start?
Subject: RE: why do singers take so long to start?
i dunno Will , are we?

to tackle one of the big ballads takes committment, skill.......+etc. anything you can give it. but there are some times when you have to accept that the thing you planned to do....just doesn't fit into that evening, or in my mind you should.

sometimes i wanna do some really downbeat blues - but if some buggers been going on about the first world war for fifteen minutes. irealise that the audience has had enough depressive stuff and they need lifting.
to burden an audience with what you've got planned is not always a rookies mistake. similarly a certain kind of singer songwriter will demand attention. at a point when the audience is totally overloaded and needs a bit of lightness.

i'll tell you this the audience always rewards you for engaging with their mood. it can be frustrating - if you've worked hard on a piece, or if you've got an album to plug and some asshole has bored their pants off and demanded their attention. but you must honour your skill as a performer in the first instance.