My first tip!

Discussion in 'Bass Humor & Gig Stories [BG]' started by Chicory Blue, May 13, 2017.

  1. Chicory Blue

    Chicory Blue Secretly Queen of the Moon

    So, last night got a little weird. It started with a bad date, and ended with my first real performance as a musician.

    Some context... My roommate is on what I guess you could call something of a rebound. She's been going on a lot of first dates, and not many seconds, and for want of a safety net she's commissioned me to spy on most of these first meetings (in case she gets kidnapped or something) or occasionally intervene when things start to get ugly ("Oh my god, Chicory? Is that you? I haven't seen you since college! What in the world are you doing back in town?").

    Last night was definitely a case of the latter, and I was called into 'operation: long lost friend' from the park bench I'd been killing time on a few blocks from the pub where the worst date ever was taking place. I arrived with my bass, looper, and mini-amp in tow, because I wasn't about to sit on a bench doing nothing on a friday night, and as it turned out, there was a live musician finishing up his set.

    Once we'd scraped off the offending gentleman (a cartoonishly self-absorbed white-collar manchild who left us with the tab when it became apparent he wouldn't be taking her home that night), people started paying attention to the comically large gig bag accompanying me, and folks began to comment on whether I'd be performing next. I assured them I was not, but the night's talent begged to differ, and before I could say "I need an adult," me and my practice rig were escorted to the stage and plugged into the PA.

    Nerves immediately crippled me, and I proceeded to forget the words, chords, and rhythm to my own song. Roomie came to my rescue with a request for a duet, and we led an astonishingly supportive midnight crowd in our rendition of Ben E. King's "Stand By Me."

    Then an old lady gave me a dollar.

    It was the first dollar I've made as a musician in my entire life.

    This was without question the worst show I ever expect to deliver in my life, but as far as first performances go I can't bring myself to feel bad. The crowd was kind, the night was memorable, and I didn't die.

    Besides, if the next one's on purpose, I have a feeling it'll go a little better.

    Think I'm gonna frame that dollar.

    As always, thanks for listening, TB.

  2. I'm not so sure that lady did you any favors 'cause now you're hooked. Welcome to the asylum.:thumbsup:
    I've been playing for years but one of my best days ever was a few years ago when I was on vacation in Ocean City Md. and decided to go out on the boardwalk with my 12 string. Yeah , I know , sacrilege for a bass player. A crowd gathered , some requests came in and about an hour later I headed back to the hotel room with 67 dollars in my guitar case. Drinkin' money for Seahag (my lovely wife) and me for the night. My guess is that dollar felt just as good. Keep on rockin.
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  3. DirtDog


    Jun 7, 2002
    The Deep North

    Of all my times doing wingman duty, it never ended in a gig!
  4. It's almost like a superhero story.
    Mild mannered busker by day, defender of damsels by night.
    Look! Up on the stage! It's BassMan!

    Apply the dollar to your union dues.
    You're a pro now. :smug:
  5. McG

    McG Goat Hill Gamblers

    Oct 6, 2010
    Costa Mesa, CA
    Very cool story. Any size tip is good because it means someone enjoyed your music.

    I've had heavy tip nights and times where the only money in the jar at the end of the night was the $2 we put in to prime it.

    Best tip ever was a gig where we played Willin' and a guy tipped us $20 to play it again.
  6. Best tip I ever got.
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  7. Son of Wobble

    Son of Wobble

    Mar 8, 2010
    Congrats on the score, I suggest you invest it in durables. 0d2382bf1a8987a7c5975865a312298e.jpg
  8. twinjet

    twinjet Powered by GE90s; fueled with coffee. Staff Member Supporting Member

    Sep 23, 2008
    Wobble, you have a prodigious sense of fashion.
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  9. Um...

    He's hanging out on a park bench so his platonic friend can get laid? Sounds like a lady already had him hooked! :laugh:
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  10. Killed_by_Death

    Killed_by_Death Snaggletooth Inactive

    I actually stopped going to see one band, because they said they were going to ask me to come play onstage with them :eek:
  11. Now, that's a cool story.

    Just confirming..,your friend is still single, yes?
  12. Morrighan

    Morrighan la Contessa Gold Supporting Member

    Oct 22, 2015
    Isle of Everywhere
    And here I thought it was going to be a tip like: don't talk with your mouth full, or stand up straight, or don't fidget when I'm talking to you.

    Well done.
    Last edited: May 18, 2017
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  13. Pictures of the roomate and practice rig!
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  14. dtripoli


    Aug 15, 2010
    Definitely frame the dollar.
    My first tip was from an old bookie, "Sea Bisquit in the 7th"
    My second tip was from my dad, "Have a back up plan in case that music thing doesn't work out"
    My 3rd tip was from a salty old Navy man who stood in front of us with a twenty dollar bill in his hand,
    "This is yours if you just stop playing"

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  15. pcake

    pcake Supporting Member

    Sep 20, 2011
    Los Angeleez
    that is, without a doubt, a really great story, and congrats on your first buck playing!!!

    i notice a couple peeps here refer to you as "he". i may well have gotten it wrong, but i thought you were "she".
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  16. I definitely like the story better if Chicory is not a dude.
  17. craigie


    Nov 11, 2015
    Sounds kind of weird. She's asking you to stalk her.... what if one date works out? "Hey, that's that weird dude who followed us all around the park and was pretending to feed the pigeons but was watching us out of the corner of his eye." it's a dangerous game you're playing my friend ;)

    Solo bass and bass/vocal duet? You have balls my friend.
  18. Oddly


    Jan 17, 2014
    Dublin, Ireland.
    That's a great story.
    I'd definitely frame that dollar.
  19. Chicory Blue

    Chicory Blue Secretly Queen of the Moon

    You are correct, it is "she."
    Normally it's too common and benign a misconception to bother correcting, but I guess it kind of changes the color of the story. :p

    Most have gone wellish to dullish so far (this was the first *really really* bad one), and we've done the dramatic stranger-from-the-other-end-of-the-bar reveal game more than once. Mankind is indeed the most dangerous game, but the good ones take it in good humor.

    And... well, bass and vocals *sort of*. There's a looper and usually some toys involved, so I'm sort of my own band.

    That said, it remains a true statement:
    My balls are enormous.

    I mean, no, but... yes to the second part?


    This... uh... this is pretty much it. I went up with just my bass and these loyal soldiers.

    The B1on is loaded with a bunch of custom patches to accentuate my solo Stingray stylings, and 'upgraded' with Sugru button extensions (roomie's handiwork) for look-ma-no-hands operation. It's almost gigworthy as a convenience looper, but lacks an undo button, so taking it onstage is like performing on a chair with a noose around your neck. Hell of a park bench companion, though.

    Meanwhile, those of a certain age will notice my drummer is in fact a GameBoy Advance SP. The flash cart is loaded with two ROMs. On one side is LSDj, a chiptune music sequencer that I mainly use as a drum machine. The other side is Mega Man Xtreme, because, c'mon, it's still a GameBoy, and not everything is about music.

    All of that went straight into the other musician's PA setup, where he proceeded to balance me based on a guitarist's impression of how a bassist should be balanced.

    It was not pretty.

  20. pcake

    pcake Supporting Member

    Sep 20, 2011
    Los Angeleez
    hey, i'm a she, too - there aren't many of us :D

    wow, i didn't know you could do all that with a gameboy advance!
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