George Keith <[log in to unmask]> writes:
> 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.
Of course. Relegating anything to the background strips it of all power
> 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.
What you're really talking about is changing style to accomodate
NON-listeners. Doing so is entirely up to the musician. You can't
really call someone who does that a musician at all, at least in the
artistics connotation of the word.
*** Mike O'Regan ([log in to unmask]) Chicago, IL