[LAU] Chris McCormick

david gnome at hawaii.rr.com
Sat Aug 25 05:23:53 EDT 2007

Rob wrote:

> I think it's just a matter of taste, but live recordings are a weak 
> sister to "the real thing" as far as I'm concerned.

I, on the other hand, think that live is the "real thing" and studio 
recordings the "fake". The musician can spend days endlessly recording 
and recording, until they've got every single note exactly right, and 
splice all the "right" notes together into the "right" phrase. Or they 
can do like a number of famous musicians are known to do - hire a studio 
musician to get the sound right for them in a lot fewer tries - then go 
out and study up how to play the same lick on stage as if it was their own.

I especially loathe the massively-overproduced crap that dribbles from 
the mindless lips of things like whomever the current reigning pop queen 
might be. They're interchangeable. The fact that at least some of them 
lip-synch their music on stage simply confirms (to me) that studio stuff 
is fake.

> But as someone 
> who'd even rather hear a Mellotron string section than an actual 
> string section, I guess I'm probably in the minority.

There's a time and place for both a Mellotron (which to me was an 
instrument in it's own right, not a so-so attempt at imitating a real 
string section) and a real string section. I use keyboard string sounds 
in the band I'm in, but I'd much rather listen to our violinist play!

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