255 • Back stage manners

"Good show". What an awful and completely inappropriate expression for the offering and sharing of an artist.

"Good job". How terrible and underwhelming. When a plumber installs a toilet and it's not leaking, that is a 'good job'.

"Well done" is not much better; but it's an appropriate expression for the preparation of steak.

What should one say?

How about: "That was absolutely astounding, phenomenal, inspiring; thank you for your gift." Or: "What a wonderful performance, thank you, I thoroughly enjoyed and was moved by your music." Or: "Your performance, though well executed, bored me to tears." Or something else personal and sincere, or nothing at all.

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