You know, as I was watching this video with a great big smile on my face, it dawned on me: Jesus Christ Superstar Broadway star, Lee Siegel, dared to sing without the latest state-of-the-art technology.
What? No auto-tune? No lip-synching? No fancy lighting? No recorded live disclaimer? No erratic dancers on stage behind him?
Well, what do you know? He did it all by himself, capably assisted by an outstanding pianist who also accompanied him live and error-free. Wow. I am blown away. Just blown! How can this be?
Well, it be! Look, I love technology as much as the next person but one has to admit that it has crossed the line with it’s obtrusive inclusion in so-called live performances.
The visual is incredibly important but how I long for the days where performers are solely appreciated for baring their souls on stage with resoundingly beautiful voices and passionate delivery.
Doesn’t Lee’s performance stand alone? He doesn’t need the glitz and the glam – his voice and artistry are more than enough to satisfy and inspire.
Thank heavens for artists like Lee Siegel who work so incredibly hard to perfect every facet of their artistic craft. As long as they exist in the world, they will be a constant reminder of what singing and performing is all about. And, he’s Canadian, eh?
Do you agree? Are you, as music lovers, fed up with the artificiality of live performances, particularly in the pop industry? Do you have a favorite live performance? Please share.