Sunday, September 27, 2015

Live Music?

By Phillip Luong, Enchanted Lake.

I often prefer live music on CDs to real commercial CDs, why do some people think this way? I am not sure, but I think its because I can feel like I am in the moment and at the shindig and its more of a personal relationship with the musicians. It may be in its very raw, edgy, spontaneous way to listen to music because its a different sound than whats on the same recorded audio.

"The great enemy of the truth is very often not the lie, deliberate, contrived and dishonest, but the myth, persistent, persuasive and unrealistic,"

Maybe I enjoy the interaction of and with the musicians. Live music has a spontaneous element that studio recordings often lack. Studio recordings are very calculated and "produced". I worked on the Mainland as an engineer, and oftentimes we worked our butts off to try and recreate some of the energy and feel of the artist's original "live" demos. Unfortunately, the artist / producer / label often feels that a live performance isn't good enough for the record, and they suck the life out of it trying to make it "perfect".

"Green Eyes" by Bob Eberly and Helen O'Connell

"Tiny Bubbles" by Don Ho

Musicians need people like our fellow dancers on this Island to support them and attend their live gigs. They need to know that the pause that refreshes is very important in music. A little time to relax  and enjoy the silence. They need to know that people care about and enjoy the music they make, instead of just sitting on their butts at home and downloading stuff. Mistakes? So who in the hell is perfect?

Pub's Side Note: Now all l have to do is find a place to visit and blog'em.