yesterday my oldies band did a sit-down acoustic show, "unplugged" if you will. it was going good until we got to "that's all right, mama." we had a little joke planned for that spot. the guitarist kicked it off, the other guys got the audience to start clapping along, then i started yelling, "hold it, stop!" then i looked at the audience and said, "i'm sorry folks, but when you clap along like that it really throws me off." immediately they stopped making any noise at all, except i could hear one woman say, "oh." they really didn't want to throw me when trying to sing a fast rockabilly party song that's good for clapping along. i have played in front of these people for years. most of them i know at least a little. we have been doing clap-alongs and sing-alongs for years. yet they took me dead seriously when i said that. at first, my thoughts were that they were dumb for not getting it, but here's the real truth: they think I'M dumb! i think it's time to bail on this music crap. i used to like the audience. now i hate them.