I think you're probably correct, Mark. I'm having trouble concentrating on the subject at hand now that you introduced Selma into the discussion... :flowers:MarkInLA wrote:It's a moot point. Is the music good ? That's all we should be concerned with. It's the same as if you'd rather watch a female than a male or male than a female play CG. Sure Ana and a few other gals are great looking. But, if they played badly I'd never let their beauty lure me away from the bad music. Would you ? So it's the same thing. What they look like, and move like is their own business. That's the way they choose to emote, genuinely or superficially. This goes for the opposite as well. A player that makes near zero gestures doesn't make me think they are some how better or more in control because they look stern. It's not my business. My business is to be or not to be entertained by the work they'r playing.
....Now, were was that Salma Heyak video I was watching !!....
My main objection to gratuitous gestures and facial expressions is not so much how it looks to the audience. For myself, if I find something visually annoying, I have little shades that I like to call eyelids, which I can pull down and don't have to see what's going on. But taken from the players position, all those motions not directly related to sound production takes energy, which I think could be better used elsewhere, creates body tension in spots that have no need being tense, distracts the subconscious mind from the task at hand and as the jazz guitarist in my quote above hinted at, if you're concentrating on showing me how emotional you are about the music then you are neglecting the concentration needed for me to hear how emotional you are about the music.
In short, I think it is phoney and serves no useful purpose. I'm not suggesting that a performer needs to sit perfectly still like an emotionless stone pony, that's nearly as annoying. However, a genuine involuntary physical response to an emotional moment is perfectly acceptable but I've seen the piano player mentioned above sway, gyrate and conduct himself on one singe note...to quote that undeniable goddess of adolescent male heartbreak, Shania Twain..."That don't impress me much!"