creative practice: beijing olympics, part one
watching these athletes from across the world gather in China, I've been thinking about different sort of focus. an athlete, in the public arena, must stay concentrated within and yet aware of his or her own performance. so must a musician, but it's also neccessary , in most genres anyway, to add in the dimensions of connecting with members of the audience while performing. I've always had a bit of hesitancy about that word performing when it comes to music, actually, because that has a bit of the aspect of, as Scots singer Eddi Reader puts it, handing the music to someone like a bouquet of flowers rather than inviting them in. both are good things to do, of course, just different things.
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