The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #53435   Message #822351
Posted By: Jerry Rasmussen
09-Nov-02 - 03:10 PM
Thread Name: Sitting Or Standing
Subject: Sitting Or Standing
Just talking about this at another site, and wondered which way Catters perform and why. I've noticed that the old country blues singers mostly seemed to perform sitting down. Electric blues players perform standing up. When people are in a band, whether it's bluegrass or old-time they usually stand. Folk singers stand, or sit, depending... not sure on what... what they're comfortable with. I've performed folk standing, and sitting down (not simultaneously.) Generally I prefer sitting down because I enjoy giving a conversational introduction to the songs, and it just seems more natural doing that, sitting down. When I've sung white gospel with the Beans and others, we've tended to sit down (although, I've been getting them up on their feet more, now.) When I perform with the Gospel Messengers, doing black gospel quartet stuff, I have to stand up. Sometimes, when we're practicing at night though, and we're all bushed (maybe that phrase needs to be stricken from Mudcat) sometimes we sit down. But, it doesn't take long for us to get on our feet, no matter how tired we are.

I did a singer's workshop at a festival once and someone in the workshop audience condemned all of us... including Sandy & Caroline Paton and Gordon Bok, saying we couldn't sing right because we were sitting down. Sheesh! I pointed out that there have been a lot of great singers who have generally performed sitting on a stool. But then, I suppose that's half sitting half standing.

Anyone sing lying down?

Confusinger and confusinger..

So, what's your pleasure?