went for an audition monday nite that i think every bass player in NY showed up for. it was a paying origianl gig with paid rehearsals and fairly easy material. i usually do well at auditions and was confident, but i got rattled . the person auditioning told EVERYONE to be there at 7pm. a bunch of us were in this tiny little waiting space staring at each other. awkward silence. i broke it by saying, "HEY, SO ANYBODY HERE GO TO TALKBASS.COM?" they all just looked blankly at each other. i thought the whole world knew about this place. anyhow, my thinking of talkbass made me realize the comraderie all we bass players share and i began to to feel more like family, than as if i were competing. so... the fact that we could all hear each other auditioning was slightly unnerving because i knew we were secretely hoping the one in the other room would screw up (at least i was), and finally my turn came. my MM has been very nice to me over the years, but chose to act up this one particular nite. they had an aguilar amp with 8000 knobs on it, and feeling a little rushed i couldn't really tweak a sound. my bass was simply NOT responding as i'm used to. felt like an entierely different instrument. no sustain, i had to really dig in, i couldn't pull off some of the embellishments i had been rehearsing in the house, and it got the best of me. i flubbed the arrangements of the songs, and rather than asking me to continue they stopped and said, ok, lets just go to the next song. ouch! (although that may have actually meant that they saw i was very capable, and just wanted to move on for time purposes). well, yep, i did the same thing in the second song, and i was done. theyr'e auditioning more people tonight or tomorrow then they're going to schedule callbacks. i guess i'll see what's what then. i usually know whats up when i leave an audtion room, but i was truly clueless this time. oh well, i actually feel i needed this. makes me want to work even harder to learn to conquer ANY situation.