Sunday, April 18, 2010

Confusing Business and Pleasure

The Coachella Festival was this weekend. Lots of interesting names were on the line up; Muse, MGMT, Gorillaz, Passion Pit and Vampire Weekend were just a few. The biggest name of all though was Jay-Z.

I saw his concert in Chicago last month and it blew me away. He was entertaining, interactive and simply put on a damn good show. At Coachella, the fans got a little something extra on the side, in the shape of his wife, Beyonce.

Now, being a fan of both of them, I had expected there to be some really great chemistry on stage. They are the it couple in the music scene today. So what happened?

They spent most of the time in this number halfway across the stage from each other which at first, is a smart move. They were equals. It isn't until four minutes into the song that we actually see them interact at all on stage. Now that I think of it, did they ever even touch each other at all?

So what's the deal? Why is the power couple so forced and business-like on stage? I understand, it's their job. As the media (and the world) is aware, they're very private people. But if I had a husband who had the same kind of career, being on stage together would have been a pleasure. I wouldn't be able to help myself wanting to be next to him and playing together in something so amazing. It would seem the natural thing to do.

Mixing business and pleasure isn't always a good choice, but if you're going to do it, you might as well do it all the way.

For more on the entire festival, see a write-up and some great pics here.

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