Posted by john timpany on Tuesday, June 28, 2011
Except for You tube of course, and that sets everything in concrete. Mistakes and all. Missing Pop filters, wind shields, boom mics that suffer from droop and feedback speakers that aren't in the union, it gets the lot. It watches every crap move you make, every finger out of place, every breath you take, every bum note, and someone, somewhere, will video it. Betchya.
Then everything private is public.
In my kitchen it sounds great.
In a weeks time, standing on the back of a lorry, pumping out at 4000 watts it will sound like.... different.
Stick yourself up in front of a few thousand people and well - you asked for it. Serves you right.
This year I'm staying at home and doing the festival via web cam.
I bought a new fiddle a few weeks back, and I love the thing so much I have RSI from playing it too much. Maybe someone (one of the many) with a video camera will have flat batteries when it comes to English fiddle playing.
I hope someone drops an EMP bomb & wipes the lot out. Back to the good old days of pure acoustic, when mistakes were par for the course and added to the flavour like a living recipe.
At least I have some place to moan.
www.woburnsandsfolkfestival.co.uk meet me there. I wish you could.
2 comments on “There is always next year.”
Wednesday, June 29, 2011 @5:43:42 AM
I'm a follower of Peter Stampfel. He's got a solution for this. It's called the "Aw, the HELL with it!" Attitude. Watch his videos. They're addictive. Warts and all. ;-)
john timpany Says:
Wednesday, June 29, 2011 @7:45:46 AM
Hey bj that sounds just brilliant!
Trouble is I also have a conscience and not only do I not want to let people down (esp other committee members) I end up doing too much and sacrifice practise.
I'll certainly take a look at Pete Stampfel - he sounds like my sort of guy! (If only I could be like him hahaha)
I must admit I wrote that in a state of panic in the early hours of last night, when everything was getting on top, and I can't practise at night because of neighbours.
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