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Is "Ya'll had a sound!" a compliment?

Discussion in 'Bad Dog Cafe' started by 2HBStrat, Apr 12, 2021.

  1. 2HBStrat

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    The Top 40 band that I was with at the time played a gig last Summer at a place for the first time. We didn't have a good crowd and we didn't get a repeat booking. I was kinda bummed out

    A friend of mine was there and talked to me prior to the first set. He was very friendly and nice, but then he left before we finished he set, which is, to me, a sign saying " they suck so bad I don't even wanna talk to them."

    So today, ~six months later he comes into my day job and tells me "man, Ya'll had a sound " So, is that an actual compliment or is it an "I like what Ya'll are trying to do up there" kind of "compliment"?
     
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    I’m the wrong person to ask. For the first two or three years that I lived down south when somebody would say bless your heart I thought they were being nice
     
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    Sounds like saying "You had a... um,... unique sound." If they're a friend you might ask for their honest, unvarnished opinion? There's always something to improve, if we're honest with ourselves, so maybe phrase it like 'can you name one or two things we should try to improve' ? Just thinking out loud here. For my band, we try to record ourselves pretty often to listen to later. It's painful sometimes when our expectations get ahead of our execution.
     
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  4. Killing Floor

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    Does a band without a crowd make a sound?

    The way you tell it, seems like he wanted to say something nice. But you know the guy so you'll be a better judge of his meaning.

    My grandma used to say "that's different" when she ate something she didn't care for.
     
  5. Edgar Allan Presley

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    Definitely not a compliment. It's sort of like saying, "Now, THAT's a band." It says nothing to avoid saying something, if you know what I mean. You can't please everybody.
     
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    I don’t think that was a positive “y’all had a sound”
     
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    Regardless, you guys were up there doing it.
    Him.....not so much
     
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    It could mean that you were in a groove .
    Look for the positive .
     
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    Sounds like some D bag comment to me. You should ask dude what he meant next time you see him. Just to laugh at the back pedaling explanation you receive.
     
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    Perhaps a more important question: what is the highest compliment -any- cover band can expect to be paid?
     
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    Maybe just ask him how he meant it.
     
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    More important questions -
    1/ did you see people dancing?
    2/ people getting thirsty & buying drinks?

    Sidewalk supervisor comments - not so much value, IMO
    Keep playing to help people keep dancing (and buying drinks)
    Peace - Deeve
     
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    But did you look like you were having fun up there?
     
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    I used to have guys coming up to the stage during a tune saying - turn up, you need more treble/mids, don't play this/play that. These guys were wannabes who couldn't get a gig in a junkyard. Ignore them all and do your thing.
     
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    Kinda reminds me of the time Mrs. German said "oh, let my husband help you, he's surprisingly strong..." :confused:
     
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    At least he didn't say 'Y'all made a sound.'

    - D
     
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    "You sound better than the original Artist" ?
     
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    I’m gonna go ahead and say he was tactfully avoiding the issue. And that’s ok.

    Doesn’t matter whether or not he has the nuts to do it himself. That has zero bearing on the conversation. If it sucked it sucked. I’d rather hear something like that, or just an honest “you guys blew chunks”, than have somebody blow sunshine up my skirt.

    Sometimes we suck. Nothing wrong with somebody saying so. Especially if you asked for their opinion. And in fact, it can be a good thing. Sounds like he’s your friend, so he didn’t want to hurt your feelings, but he’s also a good enough friend that he’s not going to say things that aren’t true just to boost your ego. That’s a good dude in my book.
     
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    "Your band is awesome. There are points in those (classic) songs where you guys nail the transitions, and my spine just tingles. I'm telling my friends they have to come hear you next time."
     
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    ... Round is a shape, right? Good. I'm in shape, then.
     
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