I had a scarf thingy with a lot of bells on it at Red Rocks. I was very into the jangling that it made, kinda like an ankle bracelet only more so. A guy near me very nicely asked me to take it off at the start of the show, he said it was distracting. I honestly hadn't thought of it that way, but i wouldn't ever want to do something that was causing someone else not to enjoy the show, so off it came. I accidentily left it there, and he was nice enough to pick it up and call me to telll me that he had it. I keep it on my bedroom light now and my cats LOVE it!
Maybe if a requestto stop doing something is reasonable it can be politely addressed and other people will be kind about it. Unfortunately this doesn't seem to work with the talkers. Luckily for me i have developed a deaf ear for anything but the music, although i have to give quite a bit of credit to the copious substances that i somehow find myself ingesting at these shows.
There is NO excuse for abusing disability privileges!
Happy New Year to y'all ~ Let's hope it's a good one!!
Hey now ruby claire
! Just wanted to say thank you to you for being a good sport and understanding about the bell thang. And I'm glad that guy was able to explain his feelings to you without being a jerk and bumming you out. That's how is should work, though it doesn't always. But again, thank you for being understanding. Folks like me really appreciate that more than you know!
, I could 'word
' your entire above post. I am like you, I get distracted very easily as well, regardless of my mental state, and I hadn't thought about it from the perspective of me being part of my problem so thanks for bringing that up. So yeah, it's partly me I guess, because like you, I get distracted by talkers and the bright phone screens when someone in front of me is twattering or whatever on their phone. I usually try to just close my eyes when the phones are bugging me. I cant really move myself elsewhere though - in the case of loud talkers, tambourines, drummers, harmonicas, bellers, etc. - because I need to stay near the hubs and he cannot move easily to another seat/location. But I always manage to have a good show on some level. I do think the chatter and the bringing weird shit to a show isn't indicative of the acid tests either, I think that sadly, American society has become more me-centric and people are so unaware and clueless as to how their actions affect/effect others.
After reading wlewis's
post, I was thinking this morning of this phenomenon of people going to a show and being on their phones, updating their facebook and twitter stuff and it still baffles me. I mean, the GOGD have always been a band that has embraced new and emerging technology, from the Wall of Sound to the new online Almanac, to their own monitored online ticket sales mechanisms the GD and any subsequent iteration has always been at the forefront of new technology. BUT, their on stage gig has remained old school in that they come on stage and play in front of people, live, using instruments, no funny weird shit - well, except Mickey's 2009 rig which was cool - but anyway, what I'm getting at is that I find it odd that people cannot go to a show and turn off their tech toys and tune out the outside world and just enjoy listening to the music play for a few hours without feeling compelled to post set lists and update twitter or facebook. I mean, does anyone really need to know what you're doing every minute? None of us is that important, IMO. I know people who are so competitive that both the husband and the wife simultaneously twatter the set lists so one of them will get to be "the one" who gets recognized for updating some random online set list site. I feel sorry for people like that who cannot just stop the merry go round and become completely swept up in the music and the moment. Then again, I know not everyone goes to a show for the same reasons. Just my two cents this morning. I think I need more coffee.