I have made nice progress in 2010 getting my act together literally. However, I was recently reminded of an important aspect to performance that almost slid through my fingers. In a nutshell, my current philosophy is to get listeners engaged in what I’m doing, then (and this is important) keep them engaged.
This past weekend I was invited to a friend’s house for a party, and I was also asked to perform. Great! Unlike my regular coffee shop gigs, this one had potential for an attentive audience right out of the gate, and I did not have to deal with noisy machines as my accompaniment.
I started with a gospel style song I wrote which has a repeated melodic/lyric tag line at the end of each line. So off I go; verse 1, verse 2, verse 3 – and everyone is fixated on the performance.
When I was approaching the last verse it suddenly dawned on me; “Hey! Why am I not encouraging these folks to sing along?” – So, on the last verse I did not sing the tag line and I let my body language let them know- now it’s YOUR turn to sing! Immediately everyone joined in. My only regret?
Why didn’t I get them in on the 3rd verse???
Lesson learned. ~TH~