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The Audience Perspective – Bonus Post

July 29, 2013

2013-7-26Last post, we talked about how important it is to see things from the audience’s perspective. If haven’t read it, be sure to check it out first, because this post is going to add to it.

It’s story time.

I made a lot of mistakes in my first band years ago. When we’d go play at some town we’d never played before, I was saying things like, “We play Song X too much. Let’s play something else,” or “I’m tired of Song Y.” Notice what perspective these thoughts are coming from? Not from the audience but from me. Who cares if we play Song X too much? We were playing IN A NEW TOWN! They had no idea if we were playing Song X for the 1st time or 1,000th time. If it was our best song, we owed to ourselves to play our best song because the audience would love it. Who cares if our home town is tired of it? This wasn’t our home town.

This is just a great example of how silly it is of us to look at things from such a narrow perspective. If you are playing in front of a new crowd for the first time, (which is probably between 60-90% of the time)  then treat them like it’s your first time meeting them (because it is!)

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