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Re: Scary Situations
One of my most scary moments was when I invited a
Gregorian Chant vocalist up on stage. He had
initially approached me at a small art opening and
asked if he could sit in. He was GREAT and it really
clicked. I figured, "I bet there aren't many sucky
Gregorian Chanters out there." It paid off... for
that gig. He showed up to our next show and was
HORRIBLE. I don't know what it was. He seemed very
very stoned. I was standing next to him and his voice
was coming through the monitor clearly, so it wasn't
like he couldn't hear himself. I didn't know what was
going on. So after a while of trying to get things on
a melodic track, I just decided to go with it and go
atonal. What else can you do? WHEN YOUR GUEST
VOCALIST WON'T LEAVE! He wouldn't get off the mic!
Finally when I realized he was killing us, I just took
the mic from him and said, "OK, that's great. Talk to
you later." He scowled at me for a bit but finally
So I guess the moral of the story is, it's a messy
world and shit happens. Try to laugh and go on.
There's not much sense in dwelling on a bad show or
letting a bad moment ruin a show for you. I find if
you can see the humor in it and laugh, the audience
will laugh with you and forgive. There's nothing
worse than transfering your tension to your audience.
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