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Thread #73111   Message #1267352
Posted By: leeneia
09-Sep-04 - 12:52 AM
Thread Name: Is bluegrass an attitude?
Subject: RE: Is bluegrass an attitude?
I wonder if any of the people here who are commenting on musician's lack of animation have ever played an instrument.

Somebody who is in front of a large paying audience and is playing music fast and by memory has to concentrate on his hands and the sounds around him. The spatial and aural parts of the brain are doing all the work, and the communication centers (which are involved in facial expressions) are more-or-less turned off.

There are people who cannot play an instrument and talk at the same time. (I'm one of them.) If I am playing the piano and trying to talk, my words start coming out slower and slower, until finally I just stop talking. The same thing often happens to people who are drawing and trying to talk. It's a so-called "right-brain" thing.