This is a great town for music. It’s full of top-class musicians who all know each other and who routinely sit in on each other’s gigs, unlike other places where there’s so much jealousy and jostling for position. But one thing has always irritated me beyond reason: the talking.
Why do people go to a quiet little show and insist on blabbing away to each other when they could just as easily go somewhere else? They’re obviously not interested in the music, so why are they present?
This evening I went to a little intimate gig and the place was pretty full, which is a plus. But why are all these people talking constantly? Could they not show some respect and shut up, or else go to a bar where there isn’t any music?
I can’t understand it. Is it because there’s just so much free and great music in this town that people are used to it and take it for granted?
Maybe not. A few years back, I went to another gig where people had to pay admission. I think it was David Kitt.
No. I’m certain it was David Kitt. As the clamour of chat grew louder and louder, eventually in frustration he put down his guitar and said Shut the fuck up!
Unfortunately, the two women in front of me were so engrossed in their conversation that they didn’t hear him so I leaned in and said Shut the fuck up.
They were embarrassed and apologised. Right?
Wrong. One of them said You’re too old to be here. You should be at home listening to Elton John. And they both laughed until my beloved daughter reached through the crowd, stuck her finger in the silly bitch’s chest and said Shut the fuck up like you were told.
There is no consideration any more. It’s all about entertaining the Big Me, at any cost and nobody else matters.
What is this? Why have we lost respect for other people and why do we feel entitled to be entertained and diverted without giving any respect back?
This is one of the reasons I avoid certain gigs in this town. People treat the musicians as wallpaper and that really annoys me.