June 18, 2015 § 1 Comment
How great would it be if the street musicians you see performing in the subway or in busy public areas let you sing with them live-karaoke-style?! (Answer: pretty great!)
Hear me out.
- It wouldn’t work for every musician. It has to be someone who does covers. And they’d have to be fine just playing and singing on their own; it couldn’t hinge on the event of karaoke.
- Live Karaoke is already a thing – a popular and very cool thing. I’ve done it. It was fun.
- The transit system (and the street) are venues where, for performers, engagement is already really low; people aren’t there to hear this band or musician. Defying expectations by engaging a member of the public – both for the person brought temporarily into the band and for casual observers – grabs attention and turns the energy way up by introducing an element of risk. The performance becomes a special event, not just background noise.
That’s all. I think it would be a MAGICAL development in street performing if, occasionally, a performance was built to accommodate (but not dependent upon) the participation of passersby. At the very least, I think some marketing campaign could co-opt this idea to good effect.
What’s your latest good idea? Leave a comment! The world need to know!!!
June 9, 2015 § Leave a comment
That’s my rap name.
Okay. Not really. BUT my rap video did just come out.
You’re saying “WHAT?!”
I know. It’s a little “off brand,” as they say.
Here’s the story: I wrote this rap to be performed live as one of thirty short plays in Too Much Light Makes The Baby Go Blind which is an “ever-changing attempt to perform 30 plays in 60 minutes.” That was back in 2007. This particular plastic monkey had become a motif/recurring character in a number of Neo plays and this was my contribution to the clapping-monkey-play genre. The play was pretty popular amongst the Neos, we did it at Best of, brought it to gigs from time to time, etc. In 2011 we shot the footage for the video and our awesome director, Chris Stocksmith, who was filming it gratis for us, promptly got very busy with work and the video never got made. About two years ago the footage was recovered and only just recently was it finally edited together by the delightful and talented (fellow retired-Neo) Connor Kalista.