I agree with Clyde. As would Martin Hayes (I think). There was an
interview with Martin in _Fiddler_Magazine_ that I found quite
inspiring. He pointed out that music has become so passe in this day
and age that people no longer *listen* to it. They snap their fingers
and it's there, in the background of whatever they are doing: driving
their car, cleaning the house, programming computers, etc.
Traditional music is meaning less and less to the people that listen
Nowadays, rather than appreciate the music when it is available to
them (as it was years ago), they feel disappointed when it's not
there. How many people on the list out there *really*listen* to Irish
music? So many people will put it on in the background, while they
work, read, or what have you--rather than actually sitting down and
listening to it, or playing it. Because of this, the music loses it's
natural charm. In a sense, the music becomes just like that $100
check from grandma that junior gets every christmas. Rather than
appreciate the meaning of that check, he instead "expects" it, and
becomes disappointed or angry if it doesn't come.
With this, comes the necessity of the performer to change his/her
style to accomodate the listener. If the listener expects to be
impressed by lots an lots of fast notes, the performer will have to do
just that, or else the listener will not feel that he/she made a
worthwhile investment of time/money in coming to the concert.
Right now, I feel very fortunate that I have the time and environment
to be able to play every day. I rarely go to concerts, unless there
is a good likelihood of there being a session afterwards, and I think
many of the musicians in Chicago are the same way.
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