Just got done with another Derby season, and got another case of the dreaded DERBY DARKNESS in the process. Most of us have experienced our own version of this phenomenon: you find yourself in a really busy season of the year trying to juggle too much work, and then you get all of these calls for silly/stupid gigs that pay a lot. You need the money, so you take the gigs, but then you get that sinking feeling as soon as the gig starts: you're making great bread, but you know that NO POSITIVE MUSICAL ENERGY IS GONNA RESULT FROM THIS GIG, because either: a) The crowd is a bunch of drunken idiots who see the band as a musical "caterer" to their whims, or: b) The other musicians on the bandstand are all kind of burned out and just after the paycheck, or alternately, never really gave 2 cents about making music in the first place, or; c) Both. I know I should learn to take these situations with a grain of salt and just take the "well, I'm getting paid to sit here with a DB in my hands and practice intonation and time" attitude, but sometimes it all seems so stupid that I can't get past it. I made a vow when I first got into this business that I never wanted to become one of those tired old ****ers who just don't give a rat's *ss about making music as long as they're getting a paycheck, and I try to stand by that, but every once in awhile I find myself in one of those situations where there is just no way to win. And those nights are LONG, as many of you know. I'm not really looking for advice here...I mean, the answer is pretty simple, right? I either stop taking those gigs and earn the bread somewhere else or I get over how stupid the gig is and just do the best I can....but at this time it might be nice if anyone wanted to share stories of stupid "where's the razor blades?" gigs you've played, or how you deal with finding yourself in stupid musical situations without completely losing it or turning into an automaton. Anyone?