The Concert Crank Says: Sit Down
I had a chance to catch Gaither’s The Best of Anthony Burger on Saturday night. The most striking thing about it was how much the interview with AB turned into a pretext for Gaither to talk and talk and talk. But anyway, watching the old clips of some of AB’s big moments I … or rather, the Concert Crank, was reminded of how obnoxious it is when people stand up spontaneously during the middle of a song to express how touched or moved they are by the experience. AB plays the Hallelujah Chorus and there are four people or five people in the mezzanine standing … through the whole thing. Happens way too much during patriotic tunes too and any anthem that has “stand” and “the lord” in it. This is one of those things that however sincere it may be (and the Concert Crank acknowledges that it often is sincere), it can’t help but come off as a holier-than-thou move, since it gives the offender an automatic free pass. After all, who’s going to ask someone being so holy or patriotic or sometimes holily patriotic to … you know, sit down? Well, the Concert Crank would note that if he paid $20 or $40 for a ticket, one person’s holy/patriotic moment would just be an ugly backside blocking a clear view of the stage.
Update: as many of you have noted, my choice of the HC to complain about spontaneous standing was a little fraught with history, but I’m willing to stick to the point, inconvenient history notwithstanding, if only because it strikes me as opportunistic for the pro-standers to cite some apocryphal sounding story about a sleeping monarch (see comments) to perpetuate a dubious (not to mention often rude) practice. And/but even if the monarch was roused from slumber by the chorus, as the story goes, doesn’t that say more about the inadvisability of sleeping during concerts and only proves my point that the standing was more of a self-invented distraction than homage to the song or God? Sit. Down.Email this Post