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Drunk Performers

Drunk Performers

Date: Mar 24 2008

Themes: Music

Intro

1. Learn Vocabulary - Learn some new vocabulary before you start the lesson.

2. Read and Prepare - Read the introduction and prepare to hear the audio.

Even people who perform a lot get a little nervous sometimes. And one way to calm your nerves is drinking.

But drinking too much is a good way to disappoint an audience. Alcohol, especially beer, can make your voice sound bad. It’s good to be loose, but if you’re too drunk to play your instrument or to talk to and engage the people who paid money to see you, then you’re in trouble.

Of course, if your audience is drunk enough, they might not notice. Amanda and Mason have each seen shows with drunk performers. Listen to them talk about it.

Dialog

1. Listen and Read - Listen to the audio and read the dialog at the same time.

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2. Study - Read the dialog again to see how the vocab words are used.

Mason

Mason

Amanda

Amanda

Mason:  I went to a concert last week…

Amanda:  I did too.

Mason:  ...and, uh, man, this guy was drunk on stage. He was just trashed.

Amanda:  Was it the lead singer or was it someone from the audience…

Mason:  I think it was everyone in the band, in all honesty.

Amanda:  Well, how do you feel about that?

Mason:  You know, I like to go to the small shows, so I’m certainly not sober. It kind of makes me feel more of a kinship.

Amanda:  I can kind of see that, but I went to a pub the other day and there was this great band, great vocals, and the lead singer probably had downed a whole bottle of red wine by the first or second song. And so, of course, he wasn’t performing as well. I don’t know, there was a little bit of resentment. I had paid cover, and I had gone there specifically to watch him perform and he’s slurring his lyrics…

Mason:  You totally make a good point. I mean, you’re paying for them to entertain you, so…

Amanda:  I don’t want to be a square, but…

Mason:  No, if their entertainment is less because they’re boozin’ it up, then yeah, I can totally see that. I wouldn’t go see a concert like Elton John if Elton John was trashed or if I went to go see the Killers or something and they were wasted. I’d probably be upset.

Amanda:  It’s weird to think of all the groups and shows you’ve seen and they are wasted but you just don’t know.

Mason:  That’s opening up a Pandora’s Box right there.

Amanda:  It is.

 

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Discussion

Last week Mason saw a show in which the whole band was drunk. But he didn’t mind. It was a small show and he was drunk too. It made him feel more connected to the band.

Amanda also heard a drunk singer in a small venue. But she was disappointed. She thought he didn’t sing as well as he usually does because he had been drinking. The situation was frustrating for her because she had paid money to hear him sing.

Mason agrees with Amanda, that if the talent of the singer is the main reason to see the show, you wouldn’t want the singer to be drunk. Amanda points out that you probably see drunk musicians play all the time, but they just do a good job of pulling it off so you don’t know they’ve been drinking.

Do you perform? Do you like to drink beforehand? What famous star would you like to see drunk?

 

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miffoo

miffoo

Slovakia

good lesson :)

10:59 AM Jan 03 2009 |

Damian 7

Damian 7

Ecuador

what’s the problem with the Lil’ Drunk Band… :)

01:21 PM Apr 25 2008 |

humbertosoto

Venezuela

Great lesson!

08:25 PM Apr 12 2008 |

Bank Keith

China

when you get drunk,you would never feel shy anymore. in some cases, this will help you a lot. but don't misunderstand, getting drunk is always not a good way to choose, you know, too much alcohol can do harm to your body.

04:00 AM Mar 30 2008 |

sweetgunner

Brazil

there are very nice words to practice!

06:54 PM Mar 27 2008 |

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Mali

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05:29 PM Mar 27 2008 |

zaloe

zaloe

Indonesia

well for me….no matter how good a band performance,if still drunk,it cannot say a good band,coz it will addicted by alcohol.why don't just be your self like what you are normally ,coz as what people know that alcohol is bad in every side..so keep you clean from alcohol and drugs and try something usefull to make you better and better, thanks Ebaby!Wink

02:40 PM Mar 27 2008 |

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paul_lee

China

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10:16 AM Mar 27 2008 |

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Senegal

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11:15 PM Mar 26 2008 |

mami48

Senegal

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11:14 PM Mar 26 2008 |

mami48

Senegal

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11:14 PM Mar 26 2008 |

Vikkizuo

China

Hehe, I think this is a special performance, which is different from normal one. I want to see this kind performance. Tongue out

12:49 AM Mar 26 2008 |

Kukurudza

Kukurudza

Ukraine

I really don't care about somebody's drinking. It's his life and it's his image in the public. If I like him as he is, that's super, If i don't I will never visit his performances again.

09:37 AM Mar 25 2008 |

aaronniuniu

China

The singers  often  have a lot of strange personalities as  artists.If they don 't make any large mistakes when they are performing,i think i can accept it.But drink a lot cause the disease.people had better not to drink exsessively.

07:19 AM Mar 25 2008 |

brenden

brenden

Australia

Drinking is not bad ,singing the song.

of course he is gonna do  such a thing

12:31 AM Mar 25 2008 |

angelteer

angelteer

China

i  try  to read  again,dunk  peformers  ,i can  imagine    how   carzy   they  are  ,althought    drink  isn't   good  for  our  health,we  need  it    forget  something.comcern   my   sorrow  and  upset  .drop    it ,you  are  happy,but  you  are  peformer  on  stage ,please   Donnot   drink

12:21 AM Mar 25 2008 |

M!K3

M!K3

Mexico

is good to drink for being relax sometimes

11:37 PM Mar 24 2008 |

Kukurudza

Kukurudza

Ukraine

it's better to talk when you're drunk then not to talk at all

11:36 PM Mar 24 2008 |

bahaa_diab

bahaa_diab

Syrian Arab Republic

i would like to be drunk to forget all the world’s problem ..

08:42 PM Mar 24 2008 |

bahaa_diab

bahaa_diab

Syrian Arab Republic

i would like to say :if it is for intertainment it doesnot matter if the all members of the band are drunk..but with saving the spirit of music ..i would like to watch {NICOLASE CAGE} drunk…in the movie {living lasvegas}it seems to be he is so innocent and honest…..

08:39 PM Mar 24 2008 |

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