On stage at the Laht Neppur Ale House, June 25th. This was a SWEET show!

Everything looks a little bit different from the stage. Sure, it’s still Earth, and it’s still a restaurant/bar/pub/auditorium/etcetera filled with people, but it’s a little different.

When you’re on the stage, the room has a certain… energy. It can feel “hot” or “cold,” not so much in terms of physical temperature, but in terms of how much you have to put into your performance. Excellent audiences — vibrant, enthusiastic, listeners — have the power to make a room completely “hot.” It’s easy to play for these people, because they give feedback as strongly as you perform. If you’re playing a jiving song and totally cooking at it, they’re going to give you applause, whistles, appreciative whoops, and the like. If the room is “cold,” where the audience is not really listening, not paying attention, it makes it very hard to play. You put out everything you have and get nothing back. (This is when musicianing is haaaarrrrd wooooork, and please note that by “cold,” I am in NO WAY referring to rude or belligerent crowds. That’s a whole ‘nother kettle of fish.)

I’ve played for “hot” and “cold” rooms (it’s almost a guarantee when you sign on for this musician thing), but I’ve never had both in the same night at the same establishment…! It was a very unusual experience, and just goes to show that the tenor of a crowd can — literally! — change in an instant. It’s a very strange phenomenon to come up against; to one minute be completely cooking, then to come back from a break to feel like you’re playing in a fishtank of murky water…

This is why it’s important to keep a level head. Many musicians I’ve met over the years would throw a fit about this kind of stuff. They’d play one song and storm out of the establishment because they aren’t getting the “attention they deserve.” Maybe they’re right, but it’s still no excuse to get in a snit. IMHO, you DON’T sign on to be a musician if you don’t get any enjoyment out of playing, period. So what if you don’t have a rapt, captive audience? You still enjoy playing music, right? So play! 🙂

“At the end of the day, it’s the music that matters most.” ~Bill Ochs


6 thoughts on “The world from the stage

  1. I get what you mean about the difference between a hot stage and a cold stage. I’ve never performed music, but I bet it’s the same sort of feeling. When I was performing, I could always tell a difference between an excited audience verses a boring one. Our energy as performers went up or down. It was harder to fit into our world of make-believe.


    PS LOVE the photo!

    1. That’s *exactly* what I’m talking about! You have to work sooooo much harder to put on a good show when the audience simply isn’t into it.

      And thanks for the compliment! 🙂

  2. your write your music for yourself and for people. That is the way you communicate with the world. Music comes from the bottom of your heart and you hope that it will touch every heart it meets on it’s way.

    It is about the music and it is about you and it is about you and the music as one. I am not not a musician and people would pay me not to sing or try to play anything, but there is one thing I know – music is like words. Words that will make a difference in somebody’s life – it will make somebody’s day or it will make it more unbearable. As long as you feel it and have no doubts about your passion, it will speak to others.

    1. That is very, extremely true, Dace. Music speaks to the soul when words fail, in the language only the heart understands.

      That’s a very good assessment of me. 😀 I play/sing because I love it, because it helps me say things when I can’t find the words. If others can find some solace, joy, love, acceptance, within my craft, then I’ve done my job.

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