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Some performers, like Carly Simon, on the other hand, choose to have the lights on the audience "because of the empathic reaction." She says, "When I feel I don't have the audience, when they're not warm, I'll pick out one person, usually in the first four rows, and sing a song directly to that person. He or she will get embarrassed and turn to people on his right or left. Therefore the embarrassment, or the focus I'm putting on him, takes it away from me."

From the paragraph above, I cannot catch the meaning of 'takes it away from me' of the second last line. And what does it mean in that sentence?
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Sounds weird. But ya, she's reverting the embarrassment of the audience not being into her singing by putting the focus on an embarrassed guy. That way no ones thinking about the audience not liking her, but about the guy who looks foolish.

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In that sentence,
the word "embarrassment" is given a further description by the phrase between the commas
["or the focus I'm putting on him"],
and the last phrase of the sentence has the active verb and means
"takes it [the embarrassment / the focus] away from me".
It's a slightly awkward sentence structure, but very commonly done in the English language.
--- For further background explanation, she is talking about achieving a more psychologically direct connection with her audience. By obviously singing (or flirting playfully) directly to one person in the front row, the entire audience can watch as she does it -- the audience is now focused on the interaction between the performer and an ordinary person, just like them. The performer now seems less like a distant and slightly unreal figure up on stage and seems more like just another real person in the whole crowd.
Performers call this tactic "breaking through the 4th wall". The "4th wall" is the imaginary wall running along the front edge of a stage. Since the audience is very rarely allowed to come on stage, that "imaginary 4th wall" is a psychological barrier between the performers and the audience. Sometimes, this barrier can diminish empathy between the audience and the performer -- so, occasionally, performers feel the need to "break through" it.

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