Moving to the Music.
Most of us tap our feet, one or other, or both, while we play our music in session and this is recognised as a useful way to keep our own music rhythmically together.
However, it is interesting to watch, in a session, how folk’s bodies move to the music as they play.
For example, I was watching our Australian friend last night positively jiving in his seat to the music, whether he was playing his Bodhran or his Flute.
I commented on this & trust he was not offended, for it was meant as a compliment, but just as on this page, you know how easy it is for these little comments of ours to be misconstrued.
Anyway, it just seems so natural for him to do this and I have noticed ‘other’ great Bodhran players like Jim Sutherland and Tommy Hayes enjoy their music this way.
I think it is as natural for them all as breathing.
Dee Havlin is another natural dancer when she plays, as is Nollaig Casey, and when it is natural it is a joy to watch.
I know from having seen Dee in sessions many times that the eyes of an audience are naturally drawn to this, as was the case last night in Tom’s.
When you consider how most of us do tend to sit stoney faced in concentration when we play, I’m sure this natural visual display of enjoyment must add greatly to the pleasure, for those looking on.
However, when it is affected that is a very different thing altogether, but it is usually so very obvious to all watching, when someone is being pretentious - bit like when an inexperienced MC gets up & tries to funny but just has the audience squirming in their seats with embarassment.
Anyway, it made me think of how other musicians move while they play.
For example you often see Flute players & Fiddle players ‘sway’ when they play, while Whistle players ‘bob’ & Pipers, well, they are naturally moving about so much anyway, they have nothing left to wiggle or jiggle.
Personally, even although I have been playing the fiddle amost exclusively for the past few years I still tend to adopt the bolt upright, rigid & lifeless pose, of my former life - as a banjo player!
So, how do you & your friends move to the music & have you too noticed any patterns of behaviour?