> 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
> to it.
> 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.
Do you mean they'll eventually lose interest ?.. or they're not really
listening to each and every part of tunes ?.. I suppose you're talking
about non-musicians. I think that once a person gets interested in the
traditional Irish music that they'd be always interested/listening,
especially with the great numbers of trad musicians in Ireland, the US,
Canada and GB.. I expect the trad music perpetuating even further.
I don't think that they're is a "playing/not listening" problem at
all but certainly something to keep in mind..
Regarding the concert vs the session, I'd rather play than listen..