The people hosting the event couldn’t have been more gracious and appreciative for our participation.
Yet, even at the best of events, you always find a few people that are “too cool for the room”. I have learned to ignore them for the most part. Most nights, I don’t even waste my time dealing with them.
That was my plan last night until one of them approached me while we were on a break.
It started with the fake “we have seen your band……times, you guys are great” line (keep in mind, I just spent 40 minutes watching this person rip on everything we played and every move we made).
As I am prone to do, I said thank you, extended my hand, and then tried to head in another direction. He wasn’t going to let that happen.
He then spent 10 minutes complaining that we play the “same songs every night”, in the same order, and that they always sound the same. He told me that it would be much better if ” we actually played the songs, rather than playing along to a pre-recorded track.
Rather than argue with this guy, I told him that we try to mix up our sets, but when we add new songs and mix things up, people complain that they didn’t get to hear their favorite song. That it’s a catch-22; we add new songs to keep things fresh, but that we only have so much time in a night. So for every new song added, an old song has to be bumped from the set.
I then thanked him for the “pre-recorded” compliment, and explained that we never use tracks, and if he wanted to jump in during any song and take over for me, I would gladly step aside. He tried to make a comment, but I cut him off before hand: “If you think we are playing along to tracks, then you can prove your theory by jumping on the mic unannounced at any time. Since you think we are just “lip syncing”, if you take the microphone from me without warning, then people would still hear the track playing, while nobody was singing.”
He stood there staring at me looking confused. I never got angry, loud or even frustrated. He tried to call me (and the entire band) out, and I called his bluff. If you have the courage to make an accusation, have the courage to prove it. Otherwise, you are just another tool who happens to think they know everything, so you share your unsolicited opinion with the world every chance you get.
Thank you “Social Media” for creating a society where everyone needs to share their thoughts about everything, all the time.
One final thought…..if we really were playing to tracks every night and lip-syncing (and there are working bands on the scene right now that do that by the way), you can be damn sure that my voice would sound perfect.