This post really has very little to do with the A to Z Challenge aside from reminding you that it begins tomorrow. My total preparation at this point is to acknowledge that tomorrow is all about the letter ‘A’. Compare that to some of the people who have already chosen themes for their month of letters.
In other news, I’m now up to 99.98% sure I’ll also try my hand at ScriptFrenzy. I figure that’s certain enough to justify adding the badge onto my sidebar. (Ergo its presence.)
Now, let’s talk about music, shall we? Originally I was going to write about my disappointment with Loreena McKennitt. Actually, I am going to write about that.
Years ago, a friend took me to see Loreena McKennitt perform in Seattle. Though her music was not my cup of tea, I didn’t dislike it, and often the energy of live music transcends the liking or not liking of a musical style.
I quickly realized that McKennitt was performing the music to closely match her CDs. In fact, at one point she described her band as “idling Porsches,” an apt term because the musicians she had with her were excellent and they were just coasting through her music.
What pissed me off was the fact that these great musicians were being hobbled by a need to stay true to the studio recording. What good is an idling Porsche if all that amazing potential is left unrealized? I longed for a jam where those guys were allowed to really play.
But then I remembered seeing Andreas Vollenweider in concert years before. It was awesome. He had a percussionist with him whose playing truly sang. And Vollenweider himself let loose on his harp beyond what I had heard on his recordings. I left the concert buzzing with the wonderful music. But, from that day forward, I found listening to his CDs unsatisfying and I stopped listening to his recorded music.
So, maybe McKennitt was onto something by reining in her band.
Have you ever had the experience of being turned off of a band’s recorded music after seeing them play live?
Though I couldn’t find a satisfying video illustrating my point, here’s a nice example of Andreas Vollenweider.
- Musical taste is obviously subjective, so please don’t take my comments about Loreena McKennitt as a condemnation of her music.
- I find myself slightly addicted to viewing performances and long-forgotten videos on YouTube, so I have a feeling you may be seeing an occasional video embedded in my upcoming posts. Consider yourself warned.