Saturday, July 6, 2013

Unsupervised Children

Posted on Sat, Jul 6, 2013 at 8:24 AM

Jeers to the college band at Art Fest for the incredibly disrespectful
behavior during the Philip Boulding harp performance. This professional
musician who makes his own harps and travels from the western side of the
state with all his instruments and gear for his one hour of stage time must
have posted a sign when he took the stage that read: "Any egocentric
jackass that wants to come up here while I am playing please do so because
I love distractions". First it was the two drummers setting up gear because
they probably were late to the park. Then one by one others would walk up
to place some item by a music stand or to place the sheet music on a stand
to make sure it fit on a stand. The worst part for him (which he confided
to me after the performance) was the constant chatter and laughter from the
band members hanging out in back of the stage. One of the ring leaders was
a boy in a red jacket, but many were involved. It's not required that you
appreciate all genres of music, but you could at least act like a decent
human while the preceding performer has the stage. If basic manners are
included in the measure of musicians I would rate you as hacks. It's not
too late to improve. Why don't you all hand write an apology letter to Mr.
Boulding with a request that he return next year for a better reception? I
hope my annual donations to the media dept. do not find a path to the music


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