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Barry N. Bliss

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This person has been one my biggest fans for 13 years.
 He/she recently sent me an interesting email.

"I must launch a bit of criticism about the last few times I have seen you perform in which you end up talking your songs rather than using your gift of a powerful singing voice. Your singing voice is your greatest asset. You do not even need a mic when you howl out your lyrics like back in the day. I feel sad when I see your show and you talk through most of the lyrics and hold back your voice's true potential. I used to cry at your shows sometimes, especially when you stepped back from the mic and let your voice shimmer. It was crying both from emotions of joy and sadness together. It was a powerful, beautiful thing."
 
"Last night I was not moved to tears but was sad at not hearing your voice sing. You need to sing in my opinion. When you talk you just seem angry and it does not communicate something beyond the anger - it lacks the beauty in the anger if anger is the point of the song."
 
"I hope I am not too frank or harsh in my criticism, but I believe that what I am saying is true and I believe it would help you to achieve a goal of performing for a living."

  On the old O.J. board (The one after the green one, that is.) I regularly asked for criticisms and received none.
 Here is your chance again.
 If you are familiar at all with my music/performances and you are motivated to do so, you are invited to provide a critique or offer a comment or observation.

 If, for some unknown reason, you are 100% impressed with everything you have ever seen/heard me do, please do not post a comment.

Post Script: The email above did not come unsolicited.
                   I asked the person to be frank with me.
olivejuicemusic

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Originally Posted by Barry N. Bliss
This person has been one my biggest fans for 13 years.
 He/she recently sent me an interesting email.

"I must launch a bit of criticism about the last few times I have seen you perform in which you end up talking your songs rather than using your gift of a powerful singing voice. Your singing voice is your greatest asset. You do not even need a mic when you howl out your lyrics like back in the day. I feel sad when I see your show and you talk through most of the lyrics and hold back your voice's true potential. I used to cry at your shows sometimes, especially when you stepped back from the mic and let your voice shimmer. It was crying both from emotions of joy and sadness together. It was a powerful, beautiful thing."
 
"Last night I was not moved to tears but was sad at not hearing your voice sing. You need to sing in my opinion. When you talk you just seem angry and it does not communicate something beyond the anger - it lacks the beauty in the anger if anger is the point of the song."
 
"I hope I am not too frank or harsh in my criticism, but I believe that what I am saying is true and I believe it would help you to achieve a goal of performing for a living."

  On the old O.J. board (The one after the green one, that is.) I regularly asked for criticisms and received none.
 Here is your chance again.
 If you are familiar at all with my music/performances and you are motivated to do so, you are invited to provide a critique or offer a comment or observation.

 If, for some unknown reason, you are 100% impressed with everything you have ever seen/heard me do, please do not post a comment.

Post Script: The email above did not come unsolicited.
                   I asked the person to be frank with me.
Play more live shows.
Barry N. Bliss

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 It's not like bookers are offering me shows (other than Ben Kreiger once in a while), but I could of course, go around asking people to let me play.

 My thought, regarding the letter, was that it wasn't a problem of not playing enough shows, but of being depressed and potentially burned out.

 (Thanks for reading it and replying.)

 Would anybody out there like for me to open for them or do a show on the same bill as them?

 barrynowblissatgmaildotcom
Barry N. Bliss

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 I will never be able to earn a living playing my songs.
 That has become obvious to me.

 I will keep doing it, nevertheless.
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