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Geezers Just Wont Quit

Discussion in 'Band Management [BG]' started by deepBassie, Dec 18, 2012.

  1. For all you old farts out there that are still workin' it.

    What's the deal? Some people (not pointing out anyone in particular, Blue :) ) hint that age effects the ability to write and/or perform music. Do any of you experienced, matured TB'ers find this to be true? If so, what was the first thing to tarnish and how old were you when you realized it?
  2. lfmn16


    Sep 21, 2011
    charles town, wv
    Good thing "he that won't be named" wasn't around to tell Beethoven that he was too old to write music. Or any of the other great composers over the last 4 centuries. :rollno:
  3. DWBass

    DWBass The Funkfather

    Not true. In fact I know quite a lot of middleagers and seniors who increased their creativity as they got older. I'm 53 and look to do even more than I've ever done.
  4. I'm entering the range where many folks are younger...

    That being said... my gear is better.. I know more people... sing better.. and can sell.

    Name a kid that can do all the above.


    That being said... I like to back young folks who will listen.
  5. sobie18


    May 5, 2002
    Shaw AFB, SC
    The big thing for me is the growth in musical maturity. Playing smarter, choosing the right notes, knowing when to embellish, etc.
  6. Biggbass


    Dec 14, 2011
    Planet Earth
    The first thing to "tarnish" is your tolerance to put up with BS: like musicians who don't do their homework and learn the material,or have musical challenges that make them the weak link of the band, and then there's the venue owners who are jerks. The older you get the more you avoid them like an STD.
  7. RustyAxe


    Jul 8, 2008
    Retired, age 58. Busier than ever, playing/singing/writing/gigging. Multiple projects. What has changed the most is the kind of music I want to play. No more bar gigs and pop or rock cover bands. No more time sucking rehearsals that lead no where. No more lusting after the latest "whatever" to find the holy grail of tone. No more dealing with adults who haven't reached the maturity level of a fifteen year old. No more playing with wannabees with too many pipe dreams and too little talent. No more illusions about where it all leads. I play for the shear joy of making good music with others who want to do the same. Gigs seem to come often enough to keep me in gasoline and strings, pay for instruments and maintenance, and little more ... but that's just fine by me.

    This is my first night off after a six night run. Never did that back in 70's. Musically, I'm in the prime of my life, and enjoying every minute of it.
  8. Kael


    Dec 26, 2004
    Oklahoma City
    Not every genre is youth obsessed.
  10. deste


    Sep 14, 2009
    Bologna, Italy, Europe
    Endorsing Artist: GullanskyLab pickups
    I'm 44, perhaps yet an "old fart", and music is my job.
    I think I play much better now than when I was 20, but this should be normal (if it wasn't so, there's should be something wrong somewhere). And still have A LOT to learn.
    I learned a lot from many good and great musicians I played with (and even from bad ones), and from my pupils too, and still I try to learn something new everyday from the world (musicians, but not just them) around me (i.e. I started studying the german bow, after 20odd yrs playing the french bow, just to learn something new).
    Maybe it's just maturity.

    There isn't a "sign" you're getting better, it simply happens.

    Btw, how old are you? I read some of your threads, maybe you're not an old fart yet...

    Best wishes for everything.
  11. Winfred


    Oct 21, 2011
    Well said.
  12. rzpooch


    Nov 14, 2007
    Bonney Lake Wa
    Getting "older" beats the other option! I'ld much rather be over the hill than under it...lol
    Old guys don't stop playing because they are getting long in the tooth. The main thing I've noticed is that I can't wear my cowboy boots all night, must be the added tonnage around my waist!
  13. Kmonk


    Oct 18, 2012
    South Shore, Massachusetts
    Endorsing Artist: Fender, Spector, Ampeg, Curt Mangan Strings, Nordstrand Pickups, Korg Keyboards
    I'm really tired of hearing about age. Its just a number and has no bearing on a person's ability to play. Many well known young artists use older more experienced musicians in their backing band. The older you are, the more experiences you have on which to draw and write songs. I don't care how old a person is as long as they can play and fit in well with everyone in the band. I was in a band several years ago that toured extensively and played to crowds as large as 25,000. The guitarist was 55 and the drummer was 18.

    I'm 52 (although most people think I am in my late 30s) and enjoy playing now more than ever.
  14. Bert Slide

    Bert Slide

    May 16, 2012
    Louisville KY
    Old age and treachery overcomes youth and exuberance anyday!..............................................................................................................................................................now where's my reading glasses?.............................................................................................................................................................................................

    .....what were we talking about? :confused:
  15. Maybe this so called slowing down only challenges us to play more tastefully.
  16. Flyingfrets


    Dec 25, 2011
    I'm a geezer (52). So what? Nothing's tarnished with my playing & certainly not with my equipment. Having a "real" job aside from music affords me the ability to play what I want.

    Does it come without challenges as I've aged? Nope. Dupuytren's contracture, spinal surgery, yeah, I've had to find ways to either work with or work around them. Found out this afternoon I have prostate cancer (2 cores are the more aggressive form). Bet your ass I'm scared, but I'm committed to and will play the gigs on the calender till they decide how & when I'm supposed to deal with it. Again, so what?

    Is being a "geezer" supposed to imply that we're lesser musicians, or somehow less committed than our younger compatriots? If so, that's total bull$h!t :mad:.
  17. bluewine

    bluewine Banned

    Sep 4, 2008
    Blue here,

    I'll be 60 ( I'll always label myself as older, I will never be old or a geezer) in 2 months, still gigging and still a 1 band type of guy.

    Creativity shouldn't stop or decrease because of age.

    Me, I never had the ability or interest in writing.

  18. bluewine

    bluewine Banned

    Sep 4, 2008
    I'll be 60 in 2 months, I'm not a geezer and never will be.

    Age is just a number, however you won't see me playing with 20 year olds.


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  19. craig.p


    Sep 28, 2008
    New Hampshire
    There it is. That's exactly what changes -- how discriminating you are regarding who you'll work with and what stages you'll set foot on.

    I just found out (at 61) about P&W music. What an eye-opener. Everyone's serious. No one noodles. Everyone tries hard. Everyone's nice (shocker). No one drinks. Everyone's more or less on time. Every rehearsal minute is used productively. I could seriously see myself tossing overboard all other genres I play today and focusing exclusively on this one, just because the human foundation seems so solid, and it's so easy to sleep at night.