Thursday, August 06, 2009

Nice to have a good gig...

The music business can be pretty exasperating...perhaps Hunter S. Thompson had it right:

The music business is a cruel and shallow money trench, a long plastic hallway where thieves and pimps run free, and good men die like dogs
. There's also a negative side.

Be prepared to laugh if you decide to be a musician...it will be a better survival tool than the most powerful military hardware...and try not to be too much of a "good man"...

So that brings me to last nite's gig..it was great. I played with a great leader and band and his full troop of Rat Pack look alikes. We had Dean, Sammy and even Susan who is perhaps the most remarkeable Marilyn Monroe look alike in the world.

So, even though we had to do the somewhat corny "I Want to be Loved By You" and the other Monroe tunes, which are naturally a bit spoofy (it is important to note that the audience really gets a laugh out of this part of the show, as some poor schmoe gets his temperature raised by "Ms. Monroe" and her...anatomy)we had an hour or two where we did fake book work on "Song for My Father" and "Days of Wine and Roses" and "Moonglow" and so forth. The group included one of the best jazz trumpeters in the area, and perhaps in the world...and of course the woodwind guy and pianist were great jazz players. So I had to come up to the occasion...

I feel I did come up to the occasion. I used my good tone quality and some imagination as I did my style which is more of a "back to basics" with swing kind of style.

Anyway this situation make me feel like there is somebody out there listening and enjoying themselves. That is the whole point of playing a horn. To put smiles on faces...and it does not hurt that the rest on the band and leading or doing frontman work are nice folks who are great to work with. So thus goes a "good gig"

So it is nice to come back to town and have entertained someone.

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