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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
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..."
From: samba - <email@example.com>
Sent: Feb 2, 2005 12:14 PM
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.