The Solution to the Talking at Shows Problem

Last night I caught Langhorne Slim at Iota (very good, pick up tomorrow's paper for the review). I was standing about five rows from the stage and right in front of me was a small group of people who talked incessantly through the entire show. During songs, between songs, just nonstop. And it didn't bother me in the slightest. Not one bit. Why?

They were speaking in sign language.

First, let's give it up for some (possibly) hearing-impaired people who still make it out to see live music on a Thursday night in Arlington. And maybe we can use them as inspiration for helping us end the epidemic of people talking over bands. If you desperately need to talk during a show -- learn sign language! You can be polite and it's a solid skill that can come in handy (no pun intended) at some point in your life. Get to it, folks!

By David Malitz |  May 2, 2008; 2:51 PM ET Randomness
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People talking at shows is a huge 930 club problem since so many people just show up there to be there and not for the music. maybe in addition to sign language (solid idea) a friendly announcement from the stage about talk all you want between songs but leave the airwaves to the musicians during the songs.

Posted by: T.D. | May 3, 2008 10:57 AM

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