I met another musician today and we get to talking about our bands. I tell him our cover band is a bunch of guys with day jobs and families. That we had been retired from music for 10 to 18 years, and now we only play a couple times a month. We are serious about what we do, and have more work than we can handle honestly. We get paid pretty good for a cover band but in the end we do it for the love of playing and gigging. We have a blast and make a little money doing it. He replies to me that its bands like ours that are ruining it for everyone else. That we don't play music as a main income, and we are just taking away work from bands that need the money. They play for a living. The crazy thing is that our pianist went on vacation this summer, went to the town's music store and started noodling on a keyboard. Of course the convo starts about if he plays out, so he tells our story. That he sells farm supplies, and the band is more a hobby. We play out a few times a month because we like it. The store owner goes on the very same rant. Guys like us are scum just putting guys like him out of work as he gigs for income because the store doesn't do that well. Its been somewhat of a revelation that people see me like that. Is this what most other musicians think? We don't play for free, or even cheap. I feel I'm as much a musician as anyone else and am quite passionate about it. But in the end music is not my carear its just a hobby I love. I want the experience of playing for an audience and being in demand. I really don't feel I need to apologize for that.