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Big Road Blues Discussion Forums 2008-08-10T03:00:26+00:00 2008-08-10T03:00:26+00:00 <![CDATA[Re: Drawing a Crowd]]> Statistics: Posted by Slim — Sun Aug 10, 2008 3:00 am

2008-08-03T14:49:16+00:00 <![CDATA[Re: Drawing a Crowd]]> Statistics: Posted by gcd revue — Sun Aug 03, 2008 2:49 pm

2008-08-02T18:22:11+00:00 <![CDATA[Re: Drawing a Crowd]]> Statistics: Posted by jeffl — Sat Aug 02, 2008 6:22 pm

2008-08-02T16:25:13+00:00 <![CDATA[Re: Drawing a Crowd]]> Statistics: Posted by gcd revue — Sat Aug 02, 2008 4:25 pm

2008-07-30T11:21:18+00:00 <![CDATA[Re: Drawing a Crowd]]> this day and age and maybe all along, 99% of people with music aspirations keep a day job imho. we just hope to more or less break even on this whole music thing, which is a lot more than many hobbyists in other pursuits can do. i shudder to think how much we'd be spending on greens fees and clubs and balls if we golfed instead.
we have a grandson who is on fire to play in bands, found bands, work the guitar. he's living at home being only 15, and has no conception of how hard it is to make ends meet even with a job let alone as a musician. for him it's about the art of it with no worries about paying bills and buying gas at $4 a gallon or more.

we play because we love it. we play what we want because certain songs jump out at us and we see a way to make them work. a lot of what we do, people recognize even if they have only some dim memory of when that tune was a hit on the radio in the 50's or 60's. this sometimes does not lend itself to the tastes of the "younger" set, the 20-somethings.

other hand, when people hear us and then see us, they are sometimes amazed to see 2 50-somethings playing with competence and feeling and really having a good time! and that feeling that comes out is contagious. we've had people help us on some songs we do like "shake, rattle, roll" and others.

i do like to see some folks walk in the door. usually it's regulars, we don't have a "posse" to follow us around and i doubt we ever will. we have some friends and musical peers who are supportive and otherwise it's luck of the draw. i think that's what turns us on about street playing, usually it's total strangers who are walking by and you see their head nodding or foot tapping.

when the time comes we hope to turn the younger grandkids on to music. they are a bit too young yet but for pure joy there's nothing like music to fill the gaps in one's soul.

reaching a small percentage of a given crowd has been my goal for a lot of years now. i'll never be a pop icon of any sort. but to reach those few there must be some people in the room!

Statistics: Posted by jbone1 — Wed Jul 30, 2008 11:21 am

2008-07-30T04:39:49+00:00 <![CDATA[Re: Drawing a Crowd]]>
I used an abbreviated version of your story as a discussion point with the kids (22/16/14) last night. The theme was the 'battle' between artistic integrity and paying the bills. It led to interesting issues about when a musician or band should ditch their 'day jobs' to follow the dream, whether the band should focus on entertaining the crowd (e.g doing covers) or stick exclusively to what they want to play (e.g originals), potential differences of opinion within a band and with management/venue owners about what should be played and following the music dream as opposed to the wife/kids/domestic bliss/mortgage dream.

It was a really good way to get the kids to think about some of life's big issues and some of the compromises that they will need to consider (they all play in bands). Probably not what you intended, but thanks - its always good to have 'deep and meaningful' conversations with the kids now and then.

Statistics: Posted by MakaInOz — Wed Jul 30, 2008 4:39 am

2008-07-29T16:50:39+00:00 <![CDATA[Re: Drawing a Crowd]]> I am not putting people down that cater to the crowd, but from my experience that is another dead end road. You will end up a jukebox type player, always looking out instead of in. Be yourself and you will shine you own special magic on the world. That is what attracts folks- a rare thing in the insecure musicians world. Walter

Statistics: Posted by watertore — Tue Jul 29, 2008 4:50 pm

2008-07-27T03:33:25+00:00 <![CDATA[Re: Drawing a Crowd]]>
interesting how i feel about all this tonight- after we got paid well for our one set we did last night! every dime we make with music is headed for the next cd, recording and producing. so last night put us considerably closer! but at the very core of things, we have so much fun just playing, maybe i worry too much about the bigger picture!

thanks for letting me vent a little.

Statistics: Posted by jbone1 — Sun Jul 27, 2008 3:33 am

2008-07-26T22:05:30+00:00 <![CDATA[Re: Drawing a Crowd]]> Statistics: Posted by ricochet — Sat Jul 26, 2008 10:05 pm

2008-07-26T21:58:39+00:00 <![CDATA[Re: Drawing a Crowd]]> Cheers, TB.

Statistics: Posted by texas blues — Sat Jul 26, 2008 9:58 pm