The confusing concert conundrum

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

In the music world, it is common knowledge that a band or singer has "made it" when whether to listen quietly and intently, or applaud raucously in appreciation becomes a real struggle for audience members.

Who among us has ever attended a concert of truly outstanding musicians and not been compelled to jump and shout in total appreciation, and at the same time being afraid you might miss hearing some of the sweet, golden sounds of the melodies, harmonies, and meaningful lyrical content if you do so?

We thought so.

Apparently, such is the case for the local "Daylight Again" Crosby, Stills and Nash tribute band that has played in the past at The Gathering Place in beautiful Downtown Cherokee.

The band's recent performances have generated comment from both sides, as true music lovers are torn and tormented as to whether to sit quietly and savor the "Daylight Again" tribute's historic narrative, unique melodies and captivating lyrics in enraptured silence, or to stand, clap, cheer and holler in the aisles because they are simply over-joyed with the quality and familiarity of the music.

Sometimes, both factions can be so devoted to their listening styles and music appreciation, that they may verbally confront one another. And, of course, partaking in adult beverages during a concert or show can sometimes exacerbate the issue.

We say, there's a time and a place for everything. In regards to the Cherokee CS&N tribute band, we think there's something lost when the reveling noise-makers - despite their good intentions - celebrate enough to drown out the incredible narrative, melodies, and lyrics that make the original CS&N songs so powerful and gripping.

Why not wait until the song is done and then "giver 'er hell" for a short time between songs? We're all there to appreciate the talent, so let's appreciate it together and stay quiet while the music plays.

It's really a simple solution and - just ask any musician - there's nothing more gratifying to them than a thunderous, loud, long, standing ovation at the intermission breaks, or the conclusion of a memorable performance, or encore.

We're all there because we love it, folks. Let's not fail to love each other at the same time.