Some presentation advice from Pete Townshend:
Pete has said many things about performing, but there is one thing he said way back in 1964 that has stuck with me for the past three decades:
“The audience is thick and doesn’t appreciate quality, no matter how hard you try. You do something big on stage and a thousand geezers go ‘Ahhhh!’” – Pete Townshend
And he’s right. I am, if I do say so myself, a pretty good bassist. I spent countless hours learning new techniques and ways to play. But no matter how hard and complex my playing, the audience (more often than not) simply didn’t care about triplets and arpeggios. It was only when I ran around on stage, acted crazy and jumped all over the place did they take notice. I witnessed this hundreds of times and the results were always the same. I could have played like crap, but because I was entertaining, people would come up to me after a show and say, “You are an amazing bass player!””
This probably goes a long way to explaining the digital marketing charlatans running loose in the world. But I find it useful to keep in mind as I can get a little Steven Wright when presenting if I’m not careful.
(Via IHAVEANIDEA, HT John)