Why I like Chris Thile in concert
- Not many people can do a solo concert with one instrument and one microphone and no intermission. And keep it up for two hours. He didn't even have a loop machine.
- He talks to his audience about form and chord progressions.
- He really tries to make his songs sound different and try new things, even after years of performing. For example, among many novel things he did at this concert, for one short piece, he treated the mandolin only as a percussion instrument.
- He often used his body to indicate the purpose or direction of a musical phrase or note.
- I could tell that he thought deliberately about the placement of every single note, especially when he played Bach.
- He never repeated a musical phrase exactly the same way.
- His lyrics are well written, and he often uses form to accentuate the meaning of the words.
Vocab: loop machine, phrase