(Editor’s Note: This is Rachel’s long-awaited fourth post for her column, “The Lady Doth Protest”)
Raw vulnerability splayed on stage; this is what I want from a concert. I’m thinking of moments like Of Montreal’s Kevin Barnes desperately screeching “The Past is a Grotesque Animal” – a song about the dissolution of his marriage – as his wife plays keyboard behind him. What drama! What dancing! When the performer’s heart is in the game, it’s easy to get your heart in the game, too.
But what happens when the performer’s heart is elsewhere? Is it possible to enjoy a concert when the artist isn’t engaged? (more…)