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Encore Or Not?

Daniel Mount has a terrific post (here) about when or when not to encore a song. He uses “We Shall See Jesus” as an example of a song that is never turned around The Cathedrals never encored it, Ernie Haase And Signature Sound, and Legacy Five do not encore it either… The only time I have seen it encored is when my local group (which I sing lead in) encored it once upon request from some people in the crowd right after we finished the song… So we sang the whole song again much to the delight of the parishioners. Anyway back to the point I personally believe you should never encore any ballads, and very few convention songs; too many times I have seen a group encore a chorus and they lose that “punch” that they ended the song with originally, as my dad always says “you better quit while your ahead”, also a thought that I read from one of Daniels commentators was “don’t ever encore a song, always leave the audience wanting more”. That is a valid point you can keep the crowd eating out of your hand the whole night if you  leave them wanting a little more after each big song…

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  1. August 10, 2011 at 1:43 -04:00Aug

    Somebody send this to the Inspos… they Encore about every song they sing more than once the last time I saw them… it was really annoying!!

    • Nate Stainbrook
      August 10, 2011 at 1:43 -04:00Aug

      They encore just about everything at NQC (which is usually the only place I ever see them) lets just say its gets rather old…

  2. August 10, 2011 at 1:43 -04:00Aug

    I have seen groups do an encore at the end of a show, but they typically will do a closer, take a bow, start to walk off stage, and if the crowd is still going, then fire up an uptempo barn burner. This is way more effective, I think, than just singing the same song 2-3 times.

    • Nate Stainbrook
      August 10, 2011 at 1:43 -04:00Aug

      I have seen that done as well… I do believe it is more effective; especially since it is at the end of the show, it leaves most of the crowd with that warm fuzzy feeling.

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