I wonder if people really prefer to listen to studio recorded music to Live shows. Afterall, studio recordings are designed to achieve optimum acoustic perfection and producing music that has been honed to the very best. And there is a host of specialised software to manipulate and route the sound.
I confess I have not been to many Live pop concerts. The ones I could not resist and have been going one after another belong to one guy named David Archuleta. For him, I flew around this region in Asia to attend, rushing for the best tickets, spreading myself and my Archie mates out on the seats (initially) right in the centre of the front row.
Not the best idea – front row. You either spend the whole time watching his toes … I mean, shoes (nice shoes no doubt) … or end up with a sprained neck, looking upwards all evening. Or be showered with the dust he kicks up while he is dancing impassionedly just a few feet away above your head. Next time – if there is a next time (can’t you tell he is avoiding Asia!!! 😥 ) – I will settle for the 4th row, where I can be at eye/face level with him so that he can enjoy my looks of utter approval haha. (Then again, why opt for being 25 ft away when you can be 5 ft away from the great one?! 😉 )
But of course I will without doubt settle for studio recordings when there is no choice. Seriously, do the Archies in Asia have any choice??
I might even one day decide to go for a non-David concert if the company is congenial and my pocket abundant, but for a David-concert, I would beg, borrow or .. no, I don’t steal … 😉 )
Excessive studio tweaking can make music soul-less since it involves the work of technicians and engineers and some things .. arrrggghh … called machines. Even though David’s studio- recorded songs were not heavily processed or edited, there was still a slightly underwhelming effect. It is almost as if his singing in a studio and singing Live onstage belong to 2 different skills.
I feel David was not just born to sing … he was born to sing on the stage.
His energy comes through from the stage. He is more involving when he is singing in the presence of an audience. His story-telling is more effective. His connection is more far-and-deep-reaching and … complete.
I’ve always felt that Glorious was a pretty song. That was before I heard it sung Live. Now, to me, it has become a humane song, like he is telling me a story … a human story. Look at how he connects to the audience with his singing and expressions. I can see myself with rising goosebumps if I were there.
And this – David’s passion with his own real story – NUMB
(we all know that this song was removed moons ago, but since it is now again posted on Ytube, we erm … could not resist … )
Very often, Live shows are too loud, too noisy. It is my belief that many go to such shows to stomp off their pent up energy or to pelt out a good sweat. And why not? if one has an abundance of repressed energy and sweat to give out 😀
David has come of age and has found the kind of music he wants to represent, the kind of energy he wants to wield to connect with his listeners. Much as I have liked his fun-songs of the past, I am actually preferring his current songs which hold deeper meaning and passion that is more real and raw. If I were to attend a David-concert again, I know I would take great pleasure in being in the same room with one who can look me in the eye while he sings his heart out.
But if I were to be stuck with studio recordings for the rest of my *sniff * miserable life … that’s ok too. You know what they say about “beggars not being able to be choosers …” 😥