Category Archives: live music

First Chair, Last Chair, Any Chair, No Chair

Experience suggests that conventionally trained symphony orchestra and symphonic band musicians (especially we non-pros) probably don’t think all that much about the physical arrangement of their performance spaces, once certain fundamentals are settled to their satisfaction: section leadership and playing … Continue reading

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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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365 DotU, Day 67: Blast From the Past

It’s the weekend, so you get an old tune from the archive. Today, it’s last summer’s live Laura and Josh cover of Neko Case: “Magpie to the Morning.” It’s one cool song among many on an absolute stunner of an … Continue reading

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365 DotU, Day 59: Coasting With Miss Cline

Another busy weekend of service to the Wedding Industrial Complex requires me (sadly) to go back to the archives and throw out an old recording again. As a form of compromise, I’ll give you an old audio recording with a … Continue reading

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