Mudcat Café message #144115 The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #15779   Message #144115
Posted By: Judy Cook
03-Dec-99 - 10:17 AM
Thread Name: When should you be paid for performing?
Subject: RE: When should you be paid for performing?
An interesting thread, here - I'm glad lamarca started it..

When I perform, I have never assumed that I am better than the folks in my audience, I only hope that my efforts will give them pleasure. In fact, I love it best when there are lots of folks in the audience that are better than I am. To have a room full of wonderful singers join in choruses & refrains is incredible. To see that something I sing has pleased or moved somebody whom I really admire is the most rewarding experience of performing. No, you don't have to get paid to have such experiences; but they come more often if you are recognized as a performer. You are not setting yourself as better than your peers, but recognizing in yourself that you love the music, that you love "practicing & polishing", that you love performing, and that you are willing, able, and lucky enough to be able to do what you love.

As for learning from recordings, versus learning from books or obscure sources. There are a lot of recordings out there. IMO, there is a very good chance that there will be folks in your audience that have never heard the songs you have learned from recordings (very often I've never heard the songs you come up with - and I can't believe I'm the only one). IMO, there is a very good chance that any song you learn from a book has actually been recorded by someone, somewhere, and that there will be folks in your audience that have heard it. Sing the songs you love, learn them the way you love to learn songs. Share them with other folks who love your "kind" of music. Subtly subvert others who don't yet know they love it.

-- Judy