On Sunday November 29th at 5:15 pm, I attended a Great Organ Recital concert, which was held at Saint Thomas Cathedral located on fifth avenue in Manhattan. It wasn't the typical idea of what others and myself of today's generation would perceive as a concert we might go to in today's world. Most people in this era think of going to see a famous singer like the very popular Chris Brown or Selena Gomez when they hear the term "concert." However, this scenario was a bit different given the location and the material presented. This specific performance can be categorized as a type of chamber music. It was an instrumental piece performed by a soloist who goes by the name of Benjamin Sheen.
In this reflexive paper, I wish to add a brief addendum to the literature about the semiotics of performance by examining the semiotic acts that surround the ritual of the encore in a live concert performance. I will bring to my analysis of this phenomena my twenty-some years of experience witnessing rock concerts in venues of all sizes and with a wide variety of audiences and performers. I will argue that there are specific elements to this ritual that are of particular interest to semioticians. I am going to attempt an admittedly incomplete semiotic analysis of the encore based on Daniel Chandler's guidelines for "D.I.Y. Semiotic Analysis," as found at http://www.aber.ac.uk/~dgc/sem12.html.
It was New Year’s Eve. Often during so, the clubs and bars would be brimming with youth and underage teenagers waiting to count down to New Year’s Day. However, I spent my New Year’s Eve in the Staples Center in Los Angeles, California. The sports arena was mostly crowded with middle aged adults and everyone was there not to watch a game, but to bid farewell to a legendary hair metal band, Mötley Crüe. The band’s career spanned three decades and they ended it all at the birthplace of hair metal - Los Angeles, California. I really enjoyed the show because even though the band has aged staggeringly, they managed to maintain the elements of a hair metal concert – face-melting guitar solos, pyrotechnics, female dancers in skimpy clothing, and to
Thile presented a professional but laid back presence which allowed his audience to relax enough to focus on his musical abilities. Thile also escaped catastrophe through witty comments that did not avoid the troubles but instead recognized them and helped move the show forward and away from the mistakes in order to continue to appreciate his performance instead of worrying about the unavoidable flaws. In choosing to perform as a solo artist, Thile presented himself thourgh his music, allowing it to remain spontaneous and accurate to his own abilities which spoke greatly to the talented performer he is. Thile’s concert was a recognizably unrepeatable event that displayed the abilities of an artist who’s live talents demonstrate his successful musical
We stood in line in the freezing cold waiting to get in. I was very excited because I could here the opening band, Soulwork, playing a fast, funky tune. Finally the balding bouncer checked my ID and proceeded to allow Hylah and me to get in. There were people everywhere. Everyone was dancing and having a great time. Although it was early, the crowd was already loud, drunk and crazy. As Soulwork finished their last set, I could feel the entire room move closer and closer to the stage. At last it was time for Boston’s best funk band, Who’s the Fat Guy?, to take center stage.
I attended the Los Angeles Philharmonic classical music concert at the Walt Disney Concert Hall on Friday 29 November 2013. The classical concert started at 8:00pm to the enjoyment of the huge audience that had been waiting for this amazing music extravaganza. Classical music concerts always offer magnificent entertainment and the audience in this concert was expectant to derive such entertainment or more. In attendance were Christian Zacharias who was the conductor and Martin Chalifour who was the LA Phil commanding Principal Concertmaster and Bach violin player. In readiness for the concert, I enjoyed a special dinner prepared for the audience. More specifically, LA Phil staffer introduced us to the evening classical concert amidst cheers from the audience. It was such a refreshing and joyous feeling to be part of this audience.
I had a feeling that the night I saw them live for the first time would be a phenomenal one. I had all of these issues bothering me at once and it was the night for me to forget about it all. The moment I knew that my life had really changed because of this band was during their encore. The song was “I Just Want to Sell Out My Funeral”. It was a collaboration of every song on their newest album along with the true message of the whole album at the very end. As I was standing in the crowd, singing my lungs off, the end of the song came with the lyrics, “I’m staring up at the sky, but the bombs keep fucking falling. But I wont’ let him in. No, I won’t let him in.” I was staring up at the ceiling singing these lyrics so loud and I began to cry. I had all of these problems coming after me and they were the devil on my front porch. No matter how hard it was, I never let him in and it was all because of music. After that night, my life only
Not having been to many concerts in my life, I did not know what to expect when I went to see Lynyrd Skynyrd in concert recently. I had seen Celine Dion in concert several years ago and was very impressed by her beautiful stage set up, the infallible theatrics of her performers and the wardrobe changes. I had expected the Lynyrd Skynyrd concert to be similar, but it was nothing like that at all especially the environment. I learned that not all concerts are created equal.
Although there were mainly college students in attendance there were also a vast amount of family and friends of the performers. This concert consisted of a wide range of music from military, British, and recreational music.
While the musician?s were playing, I was surprised how the audience was. Most of the audience was talking loud, drinking alcohol and eating snacks. Some audience was even clapping hands and humming along with the song. This was quite an opposite environment compared to the concerts I went to. Sometimes the audience was so loud that I could barely hear the songs. It was interesting that even though the crowd was so loud, the musicians seemed very comfortable with it. They played the song as if the audience?s voice was also part of their song. When audience was loud, they would play loud and when audience became quite, they played very soft and tender. It might be to get audience?s attention. But, it seemed the m...
As the curtain came down, the audience roared. The same little girl is now twenty years old. She gets out her cell phone and quickly sneaks a picture of the beautiful golden curtain. Captioning the photo as “the best spectacular on earth”, she posts it to Instagram and hits over one hundred “likes” within minutes. She walks outside and looks up at the marquee. With a smile on her face, she walks to the subway dreaming of the day she will be on that stage. This celebrated theatre has found a place in her heart, creating an eternal love for New York and an eternal love for the beautiful landmark that is Radio City Music Hall.
During the concert the pianist, drummer and saxophonist did a great job, making the rhythm unforgettable. One of the songs that was performed was "Wrapped around your fingers" it contained a romantic melody. While the piano and saxophone then alternated the rhythm, as the passion of the song was motivating everyone to fall into the rhythm of it. The melody which was steady seemed to get faster like a heartbeat by the climax of the song. The sounds were increasingly getting louder until all instruments met at the top with a ban...
My music had wrapped itself around and around inside of me. It took away my inhibitions and filled me with a new confidence. I had the power to do anything, if only for that one set. I wanted to be on top of the world!
Though, I knew it wouldn’t be the same as a concert, I still intended it to be similar. To my surprise, it was a completely different atmosphere. Overall, I did enjoy it, but there were a few things I disliked. I wasn’t a fan that the majority of the songs performed by Anthony Lovano’s band had no words. I didn’t like this, because that is my favorite part about the concert; getting to sing along with the band. When only two songs had words, I was confused how the band could ever interact with the audience to build their reputation. This being said, that is the second part I disliked; lack of participation with the audience. A member of the band would announce the song being played, with few explaining the meaning behind it and then they’d perform. I disliked this because I always find it more entertaining to interact with the performers. I think it’s exciting when they let you sing part of the song, while they play the music or when they just talk to you about their day in between songs. Again, I have only ever gone to a concert before, so this is all I was able to base it off