8 May 2006

folk gala and audience

I know i’ve been going really far from anything related to planning lately, but the thing is that i’ve attended so many “events”, that i’d be really sorry not to blog about. And, apart from this, they were all experiences which helped me notice all sorts of helpful things.

Anyway, i come from a family in which folk was, and still is, a cult(ure). I’ve grown up listening to and learning from the values of that folk/rock generation, who used to read a lot, think a lot and be kind. Which definitely helped me a lot in becoming the person i am today (stupid or pathetic as it may sound). Well, that generation was highly represented on Thursday, at the Folk Gala in Sala Palatului, when some of the best folk singers gave some wonderful performances in a concert which lasted for four hours. For some reason, apart from enjoying the music, it was interesting for me to observe all those middle-aged people, mostly average and above average income, looking fairly preoccupied and tired before the show began, who lightened up and started singing the very moment the concert began, and who seemed to be having an excellent time, all of them still sharing those common strong beliefs rooted in their youth. Apart from knowing almost all lyrics, they also seemed to be sharing the same type of humour, as well as everyday concerns. Which made me think one more time about how important segmentation according to lifestyle is, when trying to understand a target audience. And another interesting point for me was that looking around, i could see many people my age accompanied by their parents, people who were obviously educated pretty much in the same spirit i described in the beginning of the post. (of course, there were also exceptions from the observations above. However...)

The funny thing is that nobody (at least around me) attending that concert seemed to believe that those guys or their songs could ever get old, or expired. But when i met Alex and told him all about my enthusiasm after attending the gala, he said that i should stop (?!?!) listening to this kind of “out of date” stuff.

3 comments:

abredross said...

you know i called your folk songs outdated only because I want you to come with me to other types of musical events :P - and they are of another world baby, those songs are not of this world, a world in which people are rude to each other and they hurt each other willingly.

claudinho said...

u are a very keen observer. yes, there are so many different cultures ('cause i believe folk music in .ro i s a culture) within the same time frame. those people, by day, have completely different occupations, far from folk culture, but the song is the link to their youth. Thank u for linking me!

diana said...

thank u, claudinho; i really consider folk to be a matter of culture and tradition as well.

as for the concert, alex, it really gave me the feeling that bad things could be changed and that good people will always exist and be there for each other. so...