What a performance x 2

In TFC on November 3, 2009 at 12:15 am

The always worth listening to Neil Tennant of Pet Shop Boys had this to say in the Spectator about  performing to a concert crowd.

“Is music the point of pop concerts today? Or is the taking of photos and videos on mobile phones where the enjoyment lies? Walking on stage, you’d easily assume the latter. At most concerts you’re dazzled by camera flashes and distracted by the glow of video-recording lights. In Atlantic City, I was trying to give a heartfelt performance of our ballad ‘Jealousy’, while directly in front of me a woman was getting a friend to take a photo of her standing in front of me, then checking the shot on the screen and, with much laughter, reshooting it. I felt like kicking her.”

Great piece.  A concert, a footy game, a party – it’s a shared experienced.  Let’s not disappear into our digital caves please.

Meanwhile in the New York Times David Brooks has some observations on the way we woo and romance in this digital age.


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