Originally Posted by Rick
Why, watching that and comparing the skills of Jason and Chris, do I get flashing mental pictures of sloppy steering and crude tail tossing presented with elegant style and big smiles.
Or why do I get the flashing image of Peter Townsend (very basic guitar player from the WHO?) and John Williams (astonishing classical virtuoso) enjoying each other's contribution as they played together in an Amnesty International concert years ago. The difference was that somehow John Williams didn't need to spend so much time (or any time) dissing Townsend's guitar work, but rather appreciated that he played at all and contributed the emotional input that he did.
Of course, Chris Bliss is not the level of Garfield as a juggler. But Bliss connected to the juggling, the music, the audience (and an enormous internet audience) in a very deep way, and has for years--where Garfield didn't.
I agree with Garfield that we like it for more reasons than the juggling, and this is what touch is all about. It's all right to be MOVED by folk music as well as by classical virtuosity.
And the difference between John Williams's response (to stand up and bow to Townsend with appreciation) and Garfield's response (to diss the other guy) is pretty amazing.
However, I'm pleased to learn that there are levels of juggling that Garfield speaks of, and awestruck at its virtuosity. I'd be pleased to see his expression of music and juggling in such a way that would move me at emotional level, and not only at a virtuosity level.
And it ain't about the song for me. I've never liked the Beatles.
But, yeah, it's hard to define art, isn't it?