Category Archives: live music

Light and Sound

I’m really a terrible photographer. I have no idea what I’m doing. If you want to have a long, thoughtful conversation with someone about lenses, I am not your huckleberry. I found a digital camera that lets me do what I … Continue reading

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Making Joyful Noises

The Cherokee Jazz & Blues Festival is a fun way to fight the winter doldrums in snowy northwest IA, and I go whenever I can (heck, I was even a part of a band that played on the pub crawl, … Continue reading

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Happy LOUD New Year! (or: Toward a Partial Taxonomy of Gigs)

Bar band gigs are a funny thing, and bear reflecting on if we want to take the complexities of the relationship between performers and audiences seriously. Unlike a concert, where the patrons are paying (assuming it’s a concert one pays … Continue reading

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Dead and Dying for Rock and Roll

This much is true, I think, for live performances in general: you play to the audience you have, not the audience you ought to have or wish you had. Performances, unlike jams or practice sessions, build the experience of those … Continue reading

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Making Music (Some Random Post-Show Musings)

One of the things I constantly bang on about when I write and talk on the subject of the philosophy of music is the failure of most recent ontologies of music to take it seriously as a practice rather than an object. … Continue reading

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The Dubious Joys of Enhanced Muzak

Performing music to a live audience is an interesting experience. Sometimes you’re playing a concert or  some other sort of show where the crowd is focused on you — you are what they’ve paid to see. Sometimes you’re a part … Continue reading

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"…but it was good anyway."

This week, I had the chance to back up Andy Juhl as a Bluestem Player once again, but this time the venue was wildly different from our usual gigs. This time, we were (rather inappropriately, as it turns out) playing … Continue reading

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