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I’d like to know what “the attitude” in this interview below in which a musician Damon Albarn says likely means. Is it something like what musicians or singers do during their performance to make them look cool?

Your show at Disney is you on piano. Whose playing inspires you?

“Thelonious Monk is my favorite. And I was very lucky to spend a bit of time with Rubén González, just watching him play. It’s a very nice thing to be able to do something that doesn’t require any amplification. But it’s actually quite hard, doing a whole concert on piano. It’s not hard playing in a band.”

Hard because it’s so exposed?

“You can’t hide behind anything. You learn whether the songs are any good or whether they were popular at the time because of the sound and the attitude. It’s a day of reckoning — and one, to be honest, that not much modern music could withstand.”

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    It's slightly unclear whether he means the attitude of the performer or of the audiences. But it's not integral to his main point: "When playing solo, you find out whether songs of the past became popular based on their intrinsic musical merit, or for external reasons." Jan 26, 2022 at 18:15
  • I see. Thanks very much for your help. I asked this question on other forum 5 hours ago, and have got no answer...thought this question might be really difficult haha.
    – whitewater
    Jan 26, 2022 at 18:18

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OED

Attitude:

6.b. any highly independent or individual outlook, approach, appearance, etc.; self-possession; style, swagger, front;

1975 Rolling Stone 24 Apr. 52/1 Natty dreadlocks means hair with an attitude: kinky, jungle thick and matted into tortuous antibraids.

1988 Tower Records' Top Feb. 20/4 You got to go at the business with an attitude or you get nowhere.

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  • Ah, Thank you so much!
    – whitewater
    Jan 26, 2022 at 18:10

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