RE: [steiner] That Boy's Got THEATER
Thank you Mathew! You are such a good writer. I can feel the passion as I read your post. In my past, I have worked as a stage hand in theatre and I can tell you there is definitely an exchange of energy between the audience and the performers.
From: firstname.lastname@example.org [mailto:email@example.com] On Behalf Of Mathew Morrell
Sent: Friday, August 26, 2005 1:54 AM
Subject: [steiner] That Boy's Got THEATER
Perhaps it was the lack-luster rock band that I saw on Leno that
reminded me this week how important the theatrical component is in
Nothing is more important. A clear dividing line separates musicians
capable of theater and those capable of merely playing; it is the
division between genius and mediocrity. On one side of the dividing
line was the scruffy, dirty-jean band I saw playing on Leno, whom
totally lacked theater in their music and their performance. On the
other side were the bands that I remember from my youth, whom I grew
up with and saw perform live.
Ozzy was more the man John Michael Ozbourne, when he performed. He
was Ozzy! Kurt Cobain's music was more than a flashy, outward image
to be flaunted on stage like a bad heavy metal act, ala Poison or
Winger, or post Shout at the Devil Motley Crue. Cobain's music was a
code of ethic to live by, an ideogy or even a religion, in the sense
that punk rock was his theater of life.
Theater is the elevation of the life impulse into a sphere of primal
energies. Vitality is heightened. The senses expand. Immersed
in "theater" you don't stand on stage and stare at your shoes. You
stand on stage like a Shakespearean actor! You become the Ego of
your music. If your music has no ego, keep it on the shelf where it
belongs and spare us the agony of having to hear it.
Theater is Jimi Hendrix, when you are without fear on stage.
Theater is Eddie Van Halen's Eruption, when energy reaches beyond
itself into the archetypal. Theater is vintage Metallica, where good
and evil collide. Theater is Black Sabbath, Iron Maiden--- even
Madonna, the Beatles, the Stones. Theater does not discriminate.
Theater is being able to capture your story, your life, your destiny
from the Akashic Ether and being able to translate it into music.
Those are the melodies worth hearing.
As Shaw wrote, great men are play actors in their own drama.