"If I had one resolution I could impose on people who experience art in our city in the coming year, it would be to embrace the moment," writes Woods.
After attending a concert in Nashville where the audience was distractingly inattentive to the world-class musician on stage, an acquaintance publicly mused, “I don’t think there are a lot of music lovers in Music City. I think there are a lot of entertainment addicts.”
Ouch, right? And this was in Nashville, where I would have assumed everyone kind of knew the deal when it came to public art: Sit back, relax, and let’s enjoy this experience on which we’re about to spend a week’s worth of groceries. And yet.
I am not like the people she describes, but I know their kind: Talking during concerts, complaining if it isn’t family friendly despite its apparent subject matter, noses in phones the entire time while sharing nothing about the performance online. People who generally treat the world like they’re still on their couch everywhere they go. No doubt about it, we are not the audiences we used to be.
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