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RE: Keith Emerson made keys cool Re: Making Keyboards Look Cool

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..."


-----Original Message-----
From: samba - <sambacomet@hotmail.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 
up sideways to the audience so the keyboard's not blocking  the view,and 
on a rave up. You know Hendrix also expressed the deisire for people to 
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 
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.