10 THINGS TO LISTEN FOR IN PERFORMANCE

1. The “IT FACTOR” or the “X FACTOR”
2. The ability to “tell a story” inside the music
3. The energy and honesty the performer brings to the stage
4. How the arrangement wraps itself around the performance and the performer(s)
5. The quality of musicianship – the singing and instrumental
6. The technique and tone as it relates to style
7. Respect FOR the audience and relatability TO the audience
8. What the performance reveals about the performers depth of musical understanding
9. The confidence and humility inherent in the performer
10. How the performer pulls it together – the business of music and the music itself

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