Musician appreciation

Steven Rusche

Message 5295 · 23 Oct 1996 17:28:33 · Fixed-width font · Whole thread

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Brian Yates wrote:

> Regarding the thread of musician appreciation: Speaking (as it were) as
> a
> 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.

I find the tone of this note rather obnoxious and Brian's
understanding of what he is flaming on rather limited. This is the
standard method for showing appreciation for the music at every dance
and ball I've been to in the eastern part of the US, and there is
nothing sedate or discreet about it. If there has been a really
great performance by the band, there may be all manner of clapping,
shouting, hooting, and stomping, but that doesn't necessarily mean
that people want to do the dance again, for whatever reason. For
instance, at the Hogmannay Ball in the Delaware Valley (Philadelphia
area), the music is often even better at 3 am than at the beginning
of the night, but if you've been dancing since 9, you might just be
too tired to do all the dances twice. When I was at St. Andrew's,
the common method of showing appreciation seemed to be to applaud for
good music and shout "more!" for an encore. This is not terribly
different from the method here except that it uses voice rather than
an upraised index finger to ask for more. If you and the people in
your area prefer not to use the "finger in the air" method, don't use
it, but I can assure you that the bands who play around here and in
other places where I've danced never seem to suffer from any lack of
enthusiasm on the part of the dancers.

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Steven Rusche
Rapid Science Publishers, Philadelphia
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