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Thread #94811   Message #1840301
Posted By: Big Al Whittle
21-Sep-06 - 05:41 PM
Thread Name: Professional Folksinger, and Proud of It
Subject: RE: Professional Folksinger, and Proud of It
Guy Clark.....baby you just don't know when you're being ignored. Because god knows you're ignoring their tastes. The reaction to an artist who has actually bothered to find out what is required takes the top of your head off. they are BRILLIANT audiences - that and only that, keeps you content to do a quite poorly paid job.

people don't tend to be in these places if they know the words to LA Freeway. Either their body or their mind has gone walkabout. Its not about age - you can get Alzheimers sufferers in their 40's.

When the mind retreats it tends to take very well worn pathways - its your job as an entertainer to find what they do remember - actually the lacunae of memory is often surprisingly detailed. For this you need a vast, almost encyclopeadic knowlege of popular music   You find people who remember every song Jolson sang, all the words to sinatra's hits, every darn song their grandparents taught them - with verses YOU didn't know about. Like I say that's the job - if its done properly.