Stage Fright - Phil's Rambling Rants
Although I certainly do hear covers that don't work from time to time, I personally really like hearing distinct versions of songs I'm familiar with. Unfortunately, I get the feeling that my average audience doesn't feel the same way -- when I do a song they are familiar with (from other people's versions) I often seem to get a worse reaction than when I do something they haven't heard before. I've had people specifically tell me I'm doing the song "wrong" because I'm not doing it the same as it is on their record.
I figure the only time a filker should strive to sound just like the record is when they're doing a parody; if they're doing the song straight, if I want to hear the record, I can play the record. But it doesn't seem like other people feel the same way.
I could ignore the specific comments (which are quite few); what I can't ignore is the inattention and no more than polite applause. (Filk audiences are too nice and supportive to throw fruit, boo, or even not applaud, but there's still a big difference between the applause for something they really like and the applause when they're just trying to be generally supportive.)
|Date:||January 17th, 2006 03:12 am (UTC)|| |
Sometimes that apparent inattention may come from politesse. Sometimes it's from thinking things through, or being forced to think about a song instead of just enjoying a rollicking ride.