13633Re: Festivals and local vs nat'l bands
- Sep 1, 2003Mark,
Thank you for helping to focus this discussion of just what a festival
Pickin' party vs. stage show/concert.
For you, the "thrill" is clearly in a well practiced/performed show.
For me, the "magic" is in the moment when a few strangers come
together and have a spontaneous musical conversation that proves the
whole IS more than just the sum of its parts. It speaks back to how
this music started and why we have it today.
"I don't jam, don't hang out at the jams and rarely even listen to
jams for very long"
I'm sorry to hear that. I think you're missing the essence of the
Bluegrass experience. Bluegrass is so much more than "I can play
faster than you can" solos and stage humor. I believe a reason that
many bluegrass performers perform (can't be the money) is to try to
share that same "magic" they felt in those jams they heard and played
in before they were "famous". (and since, too)
Bluegrass music IS a jam session. ie: loosely structured, not played
strictly from charts or arangements and tunes passed from one picker
to the next by ear.
It's those little musical suprises that give me goosebumps. (and
surprise and give goosebumps to the pickers too)
Can a festival be both a pickin' party and a stage show/concert?
Sure, why not? So long as the economics of the latter don't interfere
with the affordability of the former. If the pickers don't come, it's
just a show.
Find the magic and share it.
Trying to teach a pig to sing is doomed to failure
and it annoys the pig.
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