Classic "only you show up at the gig" stress dream.
It was 2 years ago. I dreamt I was the only one in the band to show up at the gig, and I still had to play. I took my bow out and began a concerto and instantly I woke up.
And then the dream actually came true.
I was on my way to a "jazz trio w/ vocalist gig on a gazebo by the water" kind of gig in the July of 2010 when the vocalist/bandleader calls and says he can't make it because he's beat. He just got back from a recording session in NY and is really tired. Poor thing. My first question, "umm...what about the rest of us?" His response? "just go ahead and play and make more $$$." Um, okay. He called back and said the drummer wasn't even on the gig, and that the pianist and myself should play duo.
I called the pianist, and he wasn't even aware of the situation. "HE'S tired? I was on that same recording session and I was on an earlier flight than him!" Is what he said to me. He asked me to try and find a drummer if I could. I ended up getting down to the venue early, piano player was on his way.
15 minutes to go. Piano player stuck in traffic. No such luck with a drummer who could do the gig on 2 hours (now 15 minutes) notice. Lots of people around, wondering why The(VOCALIST'S NAME OMITTED) Quartet was only one guy with a bass. I just shrug and wait.
2 minutes to go. No piano player. Stopped calling drummers. Time to start. I pull out my bow and begin the first two notes of the Dragonetti, but by that time the manager is coming out to tell me the gig is canceled. The piano player shows up moments later but it's too late. No gig.
***THREE DAYS LATER***
Vocalist: "So how much money would you be willing to accept for the canceled gig?"
Me: "Um, I'd settle for ALL of it because I was there ready to go."
Vocalist: "Yeah...I can see that."
***TWO MONTHS LATER***
I get paid.