Adam is afraid that "intimate performances" are dead

On today's bike ride I talk about the awesome Low concert I attended last night at The Bell House.

I also talk (or maybe ramble) about the blurring line between audience member and documenter.

I wasn't keen on seeing lots of little LCD screens at show. They pull me out of the beautiful moments. Looks like many performers hate those little LCD screens as much as I do:

"Everyone has this strange archiving addiction now. It's like they're trying to pin a butterfly to a corkboard," says Canadian singer Feist.

"To me, a gig isn't supposed to be for posterity," she says. "It's supposed to be a bunch of people tossed together in a room, making a mood, and then it's over. You can't see the world through a viewfinder."

Maybe when I'm an old man It'll be different. Maybe I'll be grateful for the ability to go online and re-live some great musical performance I attended years ago... when I was a stupid little 28 year old riding around on his bike and rambling into a video camera.

What are your thoughts on those omnipresent LCD screens? Love 'em or hate 'em, they're not going away any time soon.

9/24/2008 1:13 pm