Collisions at the Corner of Art and Commerce

The Best Music You Ever Heard Live?

Friday, February 05, 2010

What are the best musical performances you've seen and why?

Try writing a list the top 5 performances you've experienced.  Note as much as you can about what made them so memorable that you are able to write about them now.

Are there any common threads that show up in what you wrote about  those shows?  

How close are your performances to being that memorable?

"No fair!", you say, "these were big shows, on good sound systems, not crappy PA's like the clubs I play in", or "these were performers on top of their game with thousands of shows under their belt"  and that could all be true.  But try to think about it like grading on a curve - that is, correct for the differences in scale or experience of the performers - even with those corrections,  there was something special about the communication and intensity of connection that took place or you wouldn't have remembered the performance.  Do people leave your shows with anything similar?  If not, why not?   I don't mean to be the bearer of bad news here, but it really needs to be a part of what happens when you play.

Everybody and their uncle has a home recording rig and is making music and chasing gigs - you need to find how to be as memorable as those performances you listed.  Not by copying them, but by creating music and performance that sets you apart - that is memorable (in a *good way*!) and serves your audience.

That's the only way you're going to rise above all the rest of the folks out there trying to do  the same things as you.

updated: 9 years ago