I was chatting the other night on Martiniinthemorning.com with many of the great music lovers and for those of you who haven't stopped by... there are some great people and lots of musical knowledge there.
I specifically wanted to check with Nikki in Houston, as she'd just experienced her first Bublé concert and handed out over 200 Martiniinthemorning.com listener cards. I had actually logged in over the weekend, which I never do because I'm way busy doing normal "stuff" that need to be caught up on around ones house. But, I was so excited about her seeing her first Bublé concert, I wanted to check in with her......
So, I left a message on "chat" and later during the day, she came on with such enthusiasm about how "great" the concert was.
Monday morning, I logged onto chat on Martini.... and she and a friend who had seen the concert in Jacksonville were on. I was so excited to ask them about the concert, firsthand. This is what I received back from both of them..... I want to first say... these people are not prudes... One is a young gal, who is very into music and the other is an older gentleman, who has great respect and knowledge of music.
What struck both of them.... was Michael's use of profanity.... I moved back in my chair and thought to myself.... "yeah... that had bothered me at Staples"...... First.... there are kids in the audience....... Sidebar.... "Michael.. if you don't want kids there.... make it an adult show".... second... I don't "get it".... what is the need to use words that so many might find disturbing and a disruption to what is supposed to be a great evening?"
I suppose I go back to a question I've asked a few times...... How much is enough?..... How many fans are enough?.... How big a venue is enough?..... How much of the world do you need? OK.. I've expanded my thoughts... but ultimately... 'WHY?' What is the need for bad language and to bring the "water" down a few levels? You can see these kind of antics at almost any concert today.... But, "THIS" concert has always had class.
See... we get the audience, we deserve.... They probably will yell much louder than most, but your beautiful, gifted voice won't be heard.
I suppose if you want to be a "Rock Star" this is where "it's at"...... But, YOU can't be heard. I found myself at Staples.... straining to hear you "SING"...
I would think you'd want to be "heard" and your music be taken seriously.... maybe not what you're looking for now... maybe, it's not about that anymore... hmmmm something to think about.
Amen to that, Daryl! I haven't been on the board for a long time and am so glad I spotted this post by you sooner rather than later. I haven't been to a concert since 2008 when we had front row seats for 2 concerts in a row. We were considering purchasing front row again for an upcoming concert sometime soon, but after I read your post we changed our minds. The use of profanity fills needs for many people these days, I suppose, or people wouldn't talk like that. But, it's not for me. Michael has such a pure and beautiful voice that it takes my breath away and the lyrics to the songs he writes teach me many lessons. So, to mask his beautiful voice with use of profanity at his concerts neutralizes all the positive benefits for me.
Thanks for your post. I was about to spend a small fortune on concert tickets. Now I can save that money and stick to listening to Michael sing on my CDs for now. At least that way is most comfortable for me rather than squirming down out of embarrassment in my chair at a live concert from the front row! Whew! You saved the day for me.
Perhaps things will get better some day and us older generation will be more comfortable at his concerts.