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Discussion in 'Miscellaneous [BG]' started by soong, Jul 10, 2018.


  1. pcake

    pcake Supporting Member

    Sep 20, 2011
    Los Angeleez
    my mistake.
     
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  2. Wanker_Joe

    Wanker_Joe

    Sep 26, 2017
    You are welcome. Reading all the responses in this thread I think just highlights how complex this issue can be. Unfortunately I'm not sure how we can go about all getting on the same page...
     
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  3. Gravedigger Dav

    Gravedigger Dav Supporting Member

    Mar 13, 2014
    Fort Worth, Texas
    A worker does deserve his pay, but playing a charity or P&W gig for free is like making a charitable donation using your time and skill instead of cash. I play two freebies a week. I always have fun doing it and having fun is why I play these days.
     
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  4. mongo2

    mongo2

    Feb 17, 2008
    Da Shaw
    There is no "same page" required. We all have different requirements and desires and are free to go about accomplishing our personal musical goals in any way we wish.
     
  5. Wanker_Joe

    Wanker_Joe

    Sep 26, 2017
    True enough!
     
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  6. Ekulati

    Ekulati

    Jan 2, 2016
    Richmond, VA
    While many of us agree wholeheartedly, many do not. There are those who still strongly believe that if there were no lowball bands out there undercutting the pros, that gig money would miraculously revert back in real dollars to what it was 30 years ago. I would love to believe that, but it's way more complex. And thus...15 pages!
     
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  7. mongo2

    mongo2

    Feb 17, 2008
    Da Shaw
    I was there 30 years ago, around here it wasn't any better then. Only big names did better at specific large venues.
     
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  8. RichSnyder

    RichSnyder Alien Audio / Mesa Fanatic!! Supporting Member

    Jun 19, 2003
    Columbia, Md
    I think it's like "the music was better in the 70's" - we only remember the good stuff spread out over ten years and compare that against this week in our current lives. Sure, the best of a decade is going to be better than today. That's where nostalgia vision comes from.
     
  9. Wisebass

    Wisebass

    Jan 12, 2017
    Lost in Space
    Hi eJake :)

    ...and the food is great in New Orleans! :D

    ...just have them make you a doggybag and you can eat all week long! :laugh::roflmao:


    Wise(b)ass
     
  10. eJake

    eJake

    May 22, 2011
    New Orleans
    I am already fat. This town does not help!
     
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  11. Pbassmanca

    Pbassmanca In the pocket n' thumpy. So woody, so greasy... Supporting Member

    The food is great in all LA! I saw a recipe yesterday for Real Deal chicken gumbo with andouille sausage. As soon as I find me some andouille sausage I'm going to make it!
     
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  12. blue4

    blue4

    Feb 3, 2013
    St. Louis area
    This is just based on personal experience, but the only people I know who have similar complaints as the OP all have two things in common. They only like classic and hard rock, and they primarily focus on taverns and food places. I had a conversation with an acquaintance a few months back along these same lines. I was telling him that I was thinking about buying an acoustic bass and a small 25-50w amp and trying to get a few opportunities to play the folk rock/alt country music I'd been listening to. The Dead South, Poor Mans Poison, Lumineers, that sort of thing. He was pretty dismissive when I asked if he was interested. I mean to me it looks like it would be pretty easy to just grab his single guitar and go play, no amps, cables, etc. You can't really DJ events in that genre of music. Its popular. And it's far more diverse then people think. In my eyes he was like a plumber who refuses to do work on condos and then complains that jobs aren't around anymore.
     
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  13. SactoBass

    SactoBass There are some who call me.......Sactobass Supporting Member

    Jul 8, 2009
    Sacramento CA
    Good post! :thumbsup:

    IMO, I don't think there's a *need* for all of us to be on the same page on this topic. We are all different and are in differing situations in life. So IMO, it's perfectly normal, and actually expected (and welcomed) for us to have differing views and opinions on this topic. I think it's healthy when differing views and opinions are brought to the table. :thumbsup:
     
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  14. SactoBass

    SactoBass There are some who call me.......Sactobass Supporting Member

    Jul 8, 2009
    Sacramento CA
    That is an *excellent* reason to play music! In fact, I can't think of any better reason! :thumbsup:
     
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  15. SactoBass

    SactoBass There are some who call me.......Sactobass Supporting Member

    Jul 8, 2009
    Sacramento CA
    Oops! I should have read this before posting my #293 post. I didn't mean to duplicate! :bag:
     
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  16. mikeyjm2

    mikeyjm2 Keepin' it simple.

    Dec 31, 2014
    Houston, TX
    I can imagine. The drummer in one band I'm in is originally from N.O. And no matter what else he does or doesn't know, that guy KNOWS FOOD! :thumbsup:
     
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  17. mongo2

    mongo2

    Feb 17, 2008
    Da Shaw
    I definitely don't have "nostalgia goggles" for that period, it certainly wasn't the "good old days"
     
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  18. SactoBass

    SactoBass There are some who call me.......Sactobass Supporting Member

    Jul 8, 2009
    Sacramento CA
    That post just made my mouth water! drool
     
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  19. DrayMiles

    DrayMiles

    Feb 24, 2007
    East Coast
    So, Do you stand in front of the singer or behind them? ;) (Just teasing!!! :))
     
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  20. DrayMiles

    DrayMiles

    Feb 24, 2007
    East Coast
    We don't have to be on the same page, but we have to consider the fine print... Your demeanor leads me to believe you don't play much jazz do you? You come across as a "Dirty Deeds, Done Dirt Cheap" Kinda person! :) (Just teasing again! ;) )

    Then again, Jazz peeps want to know what's on your mind. :) So, if you do play Jazz, I'm going to that gig fo' sho!
     
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