Your Last Gig

Discussion in 'Miscellaneous [BG]' started by J-Fev, Jun 26, 2022.

  1. J-Fev

    J-Fev Supporting Member

    Nov 2, 2021
    Have you ever contemplated that someday you will put your bass down and never pick it up again? That you will never play another note? Is that a phantom of the grey future that you have been unwilling gaze directly at?

    I have found my vision fixed on that specter as of late. How do you approach it with grace and courage?
  2. 4SG


    Mar 6, 2014
  3. Lobster11

    Lobster11 Supporting Member Supporting Member

    Apr 22, 2006
    Williamsburg, VA
    Just because you don't want to gig anymore doesn't mean you have to abandon playing. My band used to do occasional gigs, and is still entirely gig-worthy, but we've chosen to just get together to play every week for the sheer joy of playing. We get to play what we want, however we want, whenever we want. All the fun of playing without all the hassles of playing out. And when we miss playing for an audience, we invite some friends to band nights or host a party.
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  4. FunkHead

    FunkHead Supporting Member

    Mar 10, 2007
    I probably sound like a broken record but, I practice standing up for a few hours a day to stay in shape for gigging. Bass is as much Physical as it is mental. Unless I get stricken with a debilitating disease, I plan to play until I meet my maker. Even then I am hoping for some sort of Bass life-after-death scenario.
  5. DirtDog


    Jun 7, 2002
    The Deep North
    Did that just over four years ago. I ended up not playing my last scheduled gig - got the flu and then pneumonia and by the time I recovered I wasn’t much interested. Fortunately my replacement was able to step in for me a few gigs early.

    I have yet to put down my instrument. Still composing, recording and producing with a small group of others with no intention to gig.
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  6. I just assume that I’ll play simpler music as I get older. Look at Keith Richards’ hands. If he can still play guitar at his age, I think I can keep going quite a while.
    And there are other instruments I could make some kind of noise with:laugh:
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  7. J-Fev

    J-Fev Supporting Member

    Nov 2, 2021
    What if it isn't a case of "don't want to" but instead a case of "unable to"?
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  8. Same here. I practice standing every day. My Physio said my left shoulder is bigger than my right.
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  9. J-Fev

    J-Fev Supporting Member

    Nov 2, 2021
    I have viewed myself as a musician for over 30 years now. How do you deal with the loss of identity? It isn't that identifying as a musician makes me special, gives me super powers, or a visible aura - however, it has always given me an internal sense of identity. A sense of belonging even - a tribe that I claim membership in.
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  10. J-Fev

    J-Fev Supporting Member

    Nov 2, 2021
    Mods, feel free to lock or delete this thread. I am sorry I started it. Just going through a rough patch emotionally and with health related issues.
  11. Lobster11

    Lobster11 Supporting Member Supporting Member

    Apr 22, 2006
    Williamsburg, VA
    Then that's a different question. What do you mean by being "unable to"?
  12. Lobster11

    Lobster11 Supporting Member Supporting Member

    Apr 22, 2006
    Williamsburg, VA
    No no -- don't bail now. Tell us more about your situation and let us see if we can offer any useful advice!
  13. J_Bass

    J_Bass Supporting Member

    Feb 7, 2008
    Porto, Portugal
    DB, right?

    I had a work health appointment a couple of months ago, and I had to press a ball to measure the grip strength. My left hand is stronger, and I'm right handed.
  14. LBS-bass


    Nov 22, 2017
    I'm sure that day is fast approaching for one reason or another. Right now I'm still capable of playing, and I will as long as I find joy in it or am physically able. I know people who played right up until they ended up on their death beds, so it's just like breathing, you can do it until you don't anymore.
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  15. I’ve put down the axe “for good” twice so far, and now I’m back again :)
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  16. When I draw my last breath I’ll play my last note.
  17. gln1955

    gln1955 Supporting Member

    Aug 25, 2014
    Ohio, USA
    When I can't physically get to where I can't play out or just lose interest, I'll probably continue to play guitar for myself and friends. I'll also finally learn to play the piano in my music room or maybe a few other stringed or wind instruments. Playing solo bass has no appeal to me. In any event, there is no reason to put away music entirely until you just can't play a note.
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  18. Bunk McNulty

    Bunk McNulty It is not easy to do simple things correctly Supporting Member

    Dec 11, 2012
    Northampton, MA
    I'm going to die anyway. Might as well die while in harness.
  19. J-Fev

    J-Fev Supporting Member

    Nov 2, 2021

    Looking at some big C issues. That is all I want to say. See you on the flip side.
  20. J_Bass

    J_Bass Supporting Member

    Feb 7, 2008
    Porto, Portugal
    @J-Fev, very sorry to hear that.

    I really hope you recover. Stay in the fight, don't give up.

    I wish you the best, my TB friend.
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