Saturday, December 12, 2009

Game Face

Compare and contrast the following two virtuoso performances:

Eddie Van Halen playing Eruption

Steve Gadd playing Mr. Magic

One thing that I find striking is the immense difference in the sorts of facial expressions that each of them tends to make while playing. In both cases, so much of what they're playing is obviously rehearsed, the result of a tremendous amount of practice. Both of them could probably play their parts in their sleep. But while playing in front of an audience, they act very differently: Eddie acts as if he's having a baby, whereas Steve acts as if he's just joking around. I think this marks a deep aesthetic difference, between two very different forms of artistic expression.

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