Yes, looking calm while you're playing may be a good thing, but I've never been able to achieve that sort of detachment. It does not come naturally for me. When I hit "The Note" or play "The Riff," I can't help making those idiotic pained-ass kind of grimaces, the kind that seem to say "Help! I've been stabbed!" or "Yeow! I have kidney stones! It hurts to piss!" Such facial contortions just come naturally to me during music, whether listening or playing, whether alone or in a crowd, and it would be unnatural of me to tone it down and try to look calm. Sometimes I wish I could!! It would be nice to convey that "yeah, I know I'm a badass, no big deal, watch me play some 64th notes while I watch that airplane up there..." ~Tim -----Original Message----- From: samba - <email@example.com> Sent: Feb 2, 2005 12:14 PM To: Loopers-Delight@loopers-delight.com Subject: RE: Keith Emerson made keys cool Re: Making Keyboards Look Cool Perhaps the problem isn't the instrument looking cool it's the player looking like they're doing something.One solution is movement. ,one can set up sideways to the audience so the keyboard's not blocking the view,and put on a rave up. You know Hendrix also expressed the deisire for people to just close their eyes and listen to the music-he got tired of the circus act.Interstingly ,I've experienced African musicians who are playing super hot stuff,but adopt an extremely cool relaxed demeanor,as if it were effortless,a totally different style of macho poosing. In fact Africa is the origin of cool-read Flash of the Spirit by Robert Farris Thompson. One of the great things about percussion is it's physical enough that you don't have to exagerate wildly to look like you're doing something.