In Loving Memory - Phil's Rambling Rants
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I, for one, welcome both poetry and storytelling in the circle under exactly the same terms I welcome singing: they're great as long as you realize they are performance pieces and polish your performance *before* you enter the circle. Where I have problems with them are when people say "I heard this story once and think I can remember how it goes" or "I just saw this poem in a book, so I'm going to read it to you". I also, of course, object when the performer doesn't know (or care) that they are entering into a piece that is 25 minutes long and only 2 minutes interesting. (I don't, BTW, insist that a story-teller be Anna Russel any more than I insist that a singer be Pavarotti. I just appreciate a good-faith effort to reach your potential.)
Dave, of course, understood this and was consistently courteous, as are many other fine performers who periodically pull out poems and stories. The only difficulty I have personally encountered is that it is a bit more difficult to strum out a chorus beforehand to capture the audience's attention.
I've had plenty of experience of trying to get in when I was trying to do an a capella song over the years, since I like a few songs that I either haven't worked up an accompaniment for or feel are better without any.
You're certainly spot on about being familiar enough with a poem or story to actually perform it, rather than stumbling through reading it.
By the way, do I know you? (You're welcome to read and comment even if I don't, but I am curious.)
I don't actually recall if we've met face-to-face. I'm often seen wandering the halls of Ohio or East coast cons with a large Irish harp, so if you've tripped over one of those recently, it may have been mine. I see you a lot on Tom Smith's blog, and stumbled across this entry as I was surfing all the memorials for Dave. (I have many happy memories of time spent in con-suites chatting with Dave, as well as sharing songs, poems and instrumentals with him in and out of the circle. Thus far, I've had little to add to everyone else's tributes, but hope to have a small song in his honor at this weekend's Pittsburgh house-filk.)
Got it. We've talked briefly at several OVFFs, though I doubt we've been formally introduced.