Reducing the distance between the stage and my audience has always been my thrust. The idea of including the listener in every stage of my music is essential to what I wish to communicate and/or state.
When I get an idea for any music I compose, I put a sketch together based on a theme that I hear in my head. If this theme stays with me while I develop it, I see it through to a state of completion. Although I don’t compose for a particular market (unless it is a “job”), I consider each step from the listeners’ point of view; that is, I put myself in the audience as if I were listening to me. I do this to make sure I am communicating my ideas and making them accessible.
I need my audience. Besides the obvious, I need the exchange of energy so, I start building toward this right from conception.
I really enjoy playing. So I talk to the audience in a way which allows me to include them with my experience. I have done things like getting them to clap to odd time signatures and warned them not to stop or there would be a “train wreck” on stage! I tell them a brief history of a tune/artist and how much it means to me to play it. Anything to encourage connection.
For me, my whole musical world is a give and take scenario and I really treasure that exchange on every level!
For Me, This Is As Good As It Gets!: