If you haven't yet read any of this blog, you won't know that the composer-performer-producer for FunnyMeanHappySad (Randall Davidson, me) hosted the "first" and maybe only one of the series of the concerts that invite audience members to feel, observe, analyze, document, and share their emotional responses to music.
The event took place yesterday afternoon at the Lakeville (MN) Area Arts Center in front of a full house and an assembly of online visitors. For the composer-performer-producer, it was a thrilling experience although the producer (me) had a number of ideas to improve the audience experience (see below).
In researching this approach, I found a number of disparate sources that provided guidance, precedent, and perspective but it was a matter of finding readings in unusually wide-spread places and authors. Here are just some of them:
I quoted the language in my dear friend's press release about the event a number of times:
"Music is about feelings –
obvious or implied,
coaxed or unleashed,
subtle or overwhelming."
The premise of the entire concert was based on the unqualified primacy of emotion as central to the experience of every audience member. But that feeling you have when you hear that thing that made you feel something is absolutely unique, powerful and personal. No one can discount or criticize or judge your feelings. And comparing your feelings is a little like calibrating two people's reactions to one another; seeing if it's possible to see the same color of green. Impossible, in my opinion.