I felt your foot the whole time
Last night was an 110dB+ peak show. Louder than most. Typically the peak dB recorded hovers around 100dB. This is the transitory peak, of course. We don’t spend much time up there. Time-weighted averages are between 85-90dB.
Any reading taken much over 100dB or so from the sound booth at the back of the house is crowd noise.
An “110dB show,” therefore, indicates a happy audience. The cast gave a performance commensurate with the crowd’s enthusiasm. Everyone was on their game. Two of the happiest patrons were my neighbors at the table tucked up against the side of the sound booth.
At the end of the show, the slightly inebriated young woman leaned in to express her delight with the cast, adding, “you were great too! I felt your foot the whole time!”
I’m a toe tapper.
Conducting the orchestra in my mind
On the face of it, this may seem a dubious claim. Quiet, a little reclusive, rarely shows up at parties; it is understandable to lump in “not a toe tapper” with that characterization (we’ll just leave the long-gone “Mr. North Beach” out of the discussion).
From the time when I was barely old enough to tie my shoes, I’d stand in front of the (1) speaker of the family Hi-Fi (long before wi-fi) using a long, purple tinker toy as a conductor’s baton. I conducted the orchestra in my imagination.
In one way or another, I’ve been doing that ever since.
In my mind, that little kid is conducting his orchestra. It’s always been a nearly unconscious habit; “happy feet” tapping the rhythm of the music (even if the music is only in my head). Unseen, the tapping feet hold it all together.
Anyone familiar with the movie “Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid” may remember the scene when Sundance had to prove his marksmanship. At first, he stands there and can’t hit anything.
“Can I move?” he asks.
When he can move as he shoots, it all comes together. He can’t miss.
And so it is. (Though, unlike Sundance, I most certainly still miss).
The tinker toy is now a $20,000 sound mixing console (or it was ten years ago). The context notwithstanding, it seems the natural thing to do. It’s innate.
Everything else is a struggle.
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