New outlet for playing....
I have come to the conclusion that playing out is not for me anymore. Limited places to play in our area...plus late hours/little pay/club owners BS etc. So, I posted on facebook that I was retiring from playing out. Man, almost every musician I had ever played with contacted me and said they quit years ago for the same reasons...but still wanted to play with friends, tell stories, have a few beverages etc. (that's how we all stated anyway).
After much discussion, we decided to get together and have a multi-instrumental "jam session". Well, it's gotten so large that we have to use a local fire hall to house all of our gear, family, friends.....there's even a sound company willing to set up and run sound for free due to the uniqueness of our situation. All the guys have sent their favorite songs from sets we used to play and I have forwarded to everyone. I'm thankful for the ability to still play and be able to reach out to former musicians in order to get back to playing for fun...and not necessarily money. Very cool IMHO.
Congratulations, that sounds like great fun, which is what music should be about.
I'm more and more restrictive about playing music as well as taking on photography jobs; it's a lot of work for little or even no money - too many seem to think these things should cost nothing - so if there is not a big element of personal enjoyment I might as well spend the time on something else.
That sounds great! It sounds like it will be a fun night for everyone involved.
Let us know how it works out (pics, vid, sound??)
definitely will have pics and video. At last count....10 musicians from Delaware, Georgia, California (possibly), and Baltimore Maryland. 2 drummers, 1 aux percussionist,2 bassists, 3 guitarists, 1 keyboardist, 1 female lead singer. Some of us haven't played together for 30 years...should be a lot of fun. Oct. 26th is our kickoff date
Nice. Musical expression can happen anywhere. My favorite jams used to be in an old barn. Jamming and experimentation where the rule and not the exception. Everyone partied and great times were always had.
That's where I'm at these days. Just want to play for the joy of it, without all the drama.
Amen to saying goodbye to drama. Paid my drummer last night for our last gig....she didn't say a word, just took the money, scowled and drove off. Good riddance and good grief!
Time for playing just for fun with "like-minded" people.
My band "Whirlwind" had our first "reunion" jam last night. We started with a preliminary 20 song set list suggested by everyone via facebook....and only played about 6 of those songs. Then each person called out a song we used to do (not on the list). It was, as the saying goes, "the most fun you can have with your clothes on".
We stopped between each song and told stories about our past experiences together. One of the guys said that eventhough we were all in this band at some point, the members who showed up didn't play together at the same time...and he was surprised how well it sounded.
The best part was there is a new outlet for playing that doesn't involve drama....just playing for the fun of it! We are now looking to do this once a month (and not wait 35 years to get together again). Just wanted to share with the bass playing community here...
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