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  •  I played a mannheim steamroller xmas show in (11+ / 0-)

    Sacramento, 10 or 15 years ago.

    The orchestra was live through the PA, but the band lip-synched and not as accurately, instrument-synched just about the whole show!!!

    Those of us in the orchestra were kind of surprised that the audience bought it, but it wasn't the first time we ever played with lip-synchers, and it certainly won't be the last.

    Aside from the tape, there was something that felt sterile about steamroller xmas. Now I think I know what it was: with a 25 year relationship with the lush rimshot show, they must be conservative nutjobs, whether they're currently running ads or not. Conservative nutjobs are rarely good musicians, as they tend to lack soul.

    So, good for the steamrollers for finally coming around to distance themselves from the most disgusting man in show business, I guess.

    But you gotta love the Czech Phil for piping up so quickly!!! If I was rich, I'd send them some dough in appreciation!

    •  I sensed the sterility, and never did like them. (5+ / 0-)

      That doesn't surprise me.

      When you come to find how essential the comfort of a well-kept home is to the bodily strength and good conditions, to a sound mind and spirit, and useful days, you will reverence the good housekeeper as I do above artist or poet, beauty or genius.

      by Alexandra Lynch on Wed Dec 11, 2013 at 04:12:45 PM PST

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    •  You think... (0+ / 0-)

      ...only conservative nutjob performers use canned backing tracks?

      •  Would be interesting to see how many, what % of (0+ / 0-)

        con nutjob performers use canned backing. Bet it's a higher proportiion than other demographics. That would be an interesting study. But I take your point as valid nonetheless, is the stereotype misplaced, or how misplaced is it? Bet there's plenty of other demographics in on the lip synching, would be interesting to know who does it, and who is organic and natural and naked.

      •  The accompaniment was live. The soloists were (1+ / 0-)
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        It's one thing to play to "canned backing tracks." It's expensive to hire a band or orchestra, and the most important parts are those of the soloists. So if there isn't enough money (or even just not enough room on stage), it's not the end of the world to perform with a taped accompaniment. However, it's considered cheating for  soloists to use tapes in order to prevent mistakes from being heard.

        In steamroller's defense, one might say that they needed to do it for sound reasons (i. e. -- because some of the instruments are hard to mike and would be difficult to hear without the tape -- it was a big show with many people on a big stage with lots of props and some noisy effects), but it's better to find a way to do it live.

        The conservative nutjob thing comes through in steamroller's lack of inspiration. The show was like a bunch of friends going through a routine in order to collect a check. At the same time as the real steamroller was playing in Sacramento, there was another touring group playing the music of steamroller in San Francisco. My colleagues who played that show said that the fake steamrollers are better than the real steamrollers! Go figure!

    •  Steamrolli-Vanolli (0+ / 0-)

      Synch of lip is a gyp.

      "He went to Harvard, not Hogwarts." ~Wanda Sykes
      Teh Twitterz, I'z awn dem.
      Blessinz of teh Ceiling Cat be apwn yu, srsly.

      by OleHippieChick on Thu Dec 12, 2013 at 04:27:34 AM PST

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