• Nihil Admirari

Showmanship. Technical Ability. Emotion.

Hi yall,


Noshi here, and here's a post for ya.


"I recently got insight into how I experience music vs how others may experience it. I experience it through its emotionality. That makes it so that I appreciate music that shows genuine emotionality even if it doesn't sound pleasant, sometimes even bc it doesn't sound pleasant if that's the emotional truth. I value this over any skill or mastery over music itself, over complexity and over innovation or experimentation (although innovation and novelty is somewhere up there for me, it doesn't trump emotionality). For me, mastering musical skills like singing and playing an instrument are merely tools to reach an end, that's why when anyone compliments me on my voice or how well I played I've learned to take and appreciate the compliment, but my first instinct is to not be concerned with that. My real concern is: how did it make you feel? Did it reach you emotionally? Did you receive the message? Did it provide you with any kind of self-insight or release?" - Ella, Cruel Children


Ella is the charismatic vocalist (and the "Cruel" in Cruel Children, according to the above thumbnail, apparently) of Cruel Children who I've mentioned on this blog more than a few times....maybe... She's become a good friend of mine, and we have lots of chats about lots of serious things. Ironically, it doesn't really start off that way, but I think we're both highly...expressive people. #singers


What's interesting about this quote is that I only relate to it a percentage of the way. I am absolutely a fiend for talent and skill (notice how I separated those two), but stage presence and showmanship (separate but the same???) have mean just as much to me. For me, one doesn't particularly outweigh the other.


And that's why certain fans might call me a poser. Ha. Ha...


See because oof. When somebody really digs into themselves to gush the emotion behind a good track, it's only elevated by their technique. I'm like, "Hot damn. He plays that loud and fast while making every note clear af." Or she literally sounds like pain. And she's using her breath control to gasp just in the right spots to make that even more intense.


Geek.


Let's get some feelings on this.



This guy who's the leader of post-shoegaze rock band, Semaphore and member of avante garde metal band, Juan Bond. (He's like....playing guitar in the thumbnail - the only one wearing a button down, I think. lol


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