Originally Posted by punkrocko
Hi Todd, My name is Bill Staudt. I studied with you in the early 90ís at BIT.
For the last few years Iíve worked as a hired gun type session bassist. Some of these gigs are uninspiring at best. I struggle to get through them, and often feel disappointed at my performance. Instead of being on top of my game I feel that Iím being dragged down to the level of the bands weaker players. Being a working musician I need to do these ďin the trenchesĒ style gigs, but I shouldnít feel miserable afterwards.
Do you have any suggestions on how to transcend this? Meditation, yoga, diet, suggested literature?
Sorry I'm so slow in getting back to you. It's great to hear from you my friend!! I'm glad to hear you're playing for a living!! Well done!!
Since you're asking my opinion: The only cure I know for what you're going through is to quit doing these "knucklehead" gigs. They're dragging you down and will eventually STEAL YOUR JOY AND LOVE OF MUSIC if you're not careful.
I've seen it happen to SO many people....
This may not be what you want to hear, but you know me well enough to know I'm not jiving you. Fair enough?.....
My recommendation is to invest in YOU and YOUR MUSIC!! That should be something you'll be passionate about. Start TODAY!!!!! As things progress for you and your music, then you'll be able to "back away" from these other gigs. Make sense??
There are other things we can talk about, but its WAY too much to type at this point. PLEASE feel free to give me a call...my cell is 661-755-4784. I'd be more than happy to talk to you about this...and anything else you might have questions about. Plus...it'd just be good to catch up w/you again.
I hope to hear from you soon.