Regarding the thread of musician appreciation: Speaking (as it were) as
musician that has performed at a number of SCD balls and other functions too
numerous to count, I can only say how pleased I am that some Scottish Country
dancers have devised such a polite, organized, and sedate method of showing
appreciation for musicians. Applauding for the band if you liked their
performance and holding one finger in the air for an encore should be canonized
world wide as the ONLY appropriate method of appreciation. Enthusiasm for any
lively outstanding musical performance should at all times be discrete. It would
be far too disturbing and dangerous for musicians to feed off too much energy
generated from the floor. It might make the music too exciting and may even lead
them to add bagpipes to the ensemble.
In fact, I like this method so much I intend to ask my students to
indicate their desire to be excused to use the washroom in a similar manner.
They must raise one finger for number one and two fingers for number two.