You can please everyone - but you shouldn't
Well, that’s the first show of 2016 done and dusted, and it seemed that we went down very well judging from the comments we received afterwards.
I sat here in what we laughingly call an office and looked out of the window; it’s a nice day today, very sunny and warm with a beautifully blue sky. As I looked at the sky I saw a plane leaving its contrails behind as it flew past, it’s quite rare to see a plane around here so it caught my eye and in doing so, caught my imagination. On board, besides the crew, I’d guess there were maybe 200 heartbeats on board, 200 souls who besides putting their utmost trust in the crew and mechanics, were experiencing the same thing, but I guarantee that at the end of the flight if you asked all 200 people what they thought of the flight, you’d have 200 different opinions.
It’s the same with us when we release an album or perform a show, whether it’s in front of 2, 20, 200, 2,000 or 20,000 people, we know that we won’t please everyone, indeed we won’t please anyone 100% of the time, there will always be a song which someone doesn’t like and it’s one of the hardest parts of performing that we have to try to create a set that not only flows, has light and shade but will also appeal to most of the people most of the time.
Too long ago for me to mention dates, when me and Janie were performing as a duo, I wrote a song which she thought was a winner, but even as I wrote the final parts for it I was growing to dislike the whole song. She won the debate and we performed it. It turns out that as with most things, she was right, the song went down a storm, and whenever we got up to perform it was the first thing people shouted out for us to play, either they really liked it, or the knew I hated it and were playing a cruel joke one me. So I know what it’s like for a band to play a song you don’t like, sometimes even the band don’t like a song, but if the majority of the crowd do, then that’s what you perform.
Speaking of jokes, as we were setting up for last nights show, I found out the following.
Bass players don’t like it when you detune their bass after they’ve spent half an hour tuning it
Lead guitarists don’t like you twiddling with their pedals and switching them around into a different order
Drummers don’t like you sitting on their cymbals
Ah well, no doubt they’ll get me back big time.
Till next time, chaps and chapesses,
Be good and if you can’t be good, hide it