Eric Schwartz is a singer songwriter whom I saw at a house concert this semester. Singer songwriters tend to be soloists who write and sing their own songs. Schwartz does just this, by writing autobiographical songs, such as “Who’s Gonna Love Me Tonight.” Schwartz also does this by writing songs which comment on current events, such as “Senator Whoever.” He then goes on to perform these songs by himself without a band. It is characteristics like these which help to label Eric Schwartz as a singer songwriter.
Due to seeing Eric Schwartz at a house concert, the set up of the performance was different than a concert at a venue like the House of Blues, Chicago Theatre, or United Center. For one thing, the number of people in the audience was greatly reduced at the house concert compared to a number of other venues. This can be attributed to the lack of space available at a venue like a house concert. Approximately 30 people were in attendance of Eric Schwartz’s ...view middle of the document...
There was a lot more personal interaction between the audience and the performer at the house concert than there would have been at another venue. There was more chatting between the crowd and Schwartz during the sets. In between the sets, Schwartz mingled amongst the crowd, having conversations with many members of the audience. Although, sometimes VIP or Meet-and-Greet tickets can be gotten for other concerts, only a select group of audience members attain such tickets. This all-around informality transferred into the concert itself, in which Schwartz was able to create a much more relaxed environment. The house concert offered a much different environment than the environment at any other concert I have been to before. The general environment of the house concert impacted how the concert was experienced.
As a solo artist Eric Schwartz was also a solo instrumentalist, which means that he plays different types of instruments by himself. The main instruments Schwartz used during the concert were an acoustic guitar and electric piano. These instruments are considered essential for singer songwriters. Schwartz switched between these two instruments regularly, but he also used claps, snaps, and taps to emphasize the beat of his songs. Possibly due to the solo element, Schwartz relied on the participation and cooperation of the audience members to also clap or sing along as well. Although such methods have also been used at other concerts I have experienced, but such concerts have always involved bands. Bands which generally use many more instruments, such as electric guitar, electric bass, drums, etc., and involve many more people, such as lead singer or vocalist, guitarist, bassist, drummer, etc. than singer songwriters. The instrumentation of the concert impacted the performance.
Eric Schwartz is a singer songwriter that was inspired by many singer songwriters who came before him. Such singer songwriters which may have influenced Schwartz include Bob Dylan and James Taylor. These singer songwriters not only influenced Schwartz’s style of music, quirky and folksy, but also influenced his lyricism. It is because of the artists who came prior to Eric Schwartz that he is able to experiment so widely within his genre of music.