The other evening I heard performances by three different vocalists.  Two of them gave the distinct feeling of "nothing to do," while the third was radiantly present at every moment.  As I ponder the difference I put it to listening: the singer listening.
What does the singer listen for? In each case the singer was accompanied by another musician, except for a couple of self-accompanied songs by the one who was most present in the room.
But the main difference was the distinct feeling that the one was listening to the audience listening.  Is that audible?  You bet it is.
 


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