“It’s all about the feel.” Ever heard that before? Of course. The best musicians and stylists create their own feel that becomes a part of their sound…their style…their brand. I’m sitting in a funky college coffee shop right now hearing a wide variety of music. What strikes me are the musicians on these recordings who play with intense passion. Listen to any recording or live performance and you can pick out the players with passion. Some players (any instrument) play hard and fast, but without passion. How do you identify passion in a performance?
For me, I identify passionate players as those who bend notes, change their dynamics (volume through force) and pour emotion into the instrument just like great singers do.