pennsicdance: Comments from Octavio de Flores (part one)
(John) Byron Boyd
lutenist at peoplepc.com
Sun Aug 28 18:07:59 PDT 2005
Good gentles of the list:
My full response was rejected for excessive length, so I am sending it in sections.
> Some additional comments on the dance music from Octavio de Flores:
> The "Dance Music Coordinator" should do a better job of identifying and
> publishing in advance where musicians will be needed (and where they will
> not be welcome) so the musicians can better plan their Pennsic.
> To those musicians who feel obligated to play every night, but who have
> other interests at Pennsic, knowing that another band is responsible for a
> night is a blessing--it gives us a guilt-free opportunity to do some other
> things. So if the Dance Music Coordinator next year can make sure we have
> identified before Pennsic begins, for each night, where open dance bands
> needed and where they are not welcome, everyone will be better able to
> and no one will be turned away by surprise when they show up to volunteer
> their valuable services.
I agree. When I arrived in the dance tent on Thursday, I immediately left
when I saw that the Loud Band was performing. I have been a member of this
group for as long as I have attended Pennsic, but was not told that it was
to perform that night. As there are many times that the Loud Band does
desire percussion, I supposed that this was another of those circumstances.
This, of course, was not the fault of the aforementioned coordinator, but it
is another example of this problem. I prefer playing over dancing, but also
sometimes wish to pursue other activities, such as shopping during Midnight
Madness. Knowing in advance that a particular ensemble will be performing
(which was announced on some nights but not others) would always be helpful.
Iohann se pipere
Sable, a gyron argent
Ars Longa Vita Brevis (Art endures, life is brief)
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