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Robbinsville, NJ

what do you mean the bass is too loud?
Oct 25th, 2017 11:54 AM   Edit   Profile  

A church gig, Praise flavored memorial mass for a band member's mom.

Nothing fancy, other than a really good rhythm guitarist leading the group. Small chapel, enthusiastic congregation, gorgeous voices.

Sometimes it all comes together just right, to remind you, its good to be a musician.

oldFartBassPlayer Walt.

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I'm not as clever as my dog thinks
Oct 25th, 2017 12:12 PM   Edit   Profile  

The antithesis being the guy on stage watching the hockey game on the big screen while playing Mustang Sally, one drunk female dancing.

Not that that's ever been me :-p

Enjoy every moment. I envy those who can still find that joy after being around the block a few times. I miss it...sorta.

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So. Cal. USA

Oct 25th, 2017 12:21 PM   Edit   Profile  

I played for my niece's wedding ceremony early last month. I flew to Cleveland to do it. It sure was an amazing feeling to be part of it that way. Two at the alter, my acoustic guitar, my voice and god. Amazing even though I'm not a religious person.

Right there with ya littleuch, only it was typically Saturday night Nascar on the tube and long before big screens!

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Oct 25th, 2017 12:56 PM   Edit   Profile  

Yes, it's good to be a musician.

However, if you're a songwriter and play original music you probably will have to get used to small incremental successes and lots of indifference.

But hey, it's not like I can stop. (:oD

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St. Louis

"Thumbpicks don't slide into soundholes"
Oct 25th, 2017 08:09 PM   Edit   Profile  

At least my wife knows why I can't dance................

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Redesdale UK

"Still Alive And Well"
Oct 27th, 2017 08:41 AM   Edit   Profile  

We once turned down a gig where they insisted on leaving the TV at the back of the stage turned on. On the other hand, we've also had some great times where everything seemed to come together as it should. Next Saturday we have a first gig coming up with an excellent new line-up, after a couple of years time out. Hopefully it will be a good one, a private party at a smart country hotel in Yorkshire.

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North Florida

A Friend of Bill W.
Oct 27th, 2017 08:45 AM   Edit   Profile  

We finished the set and the crowed when crazy, clapping and cheering. A few jumped up with their arms in the air. Man what a night, we learned later that the Dolphins had scored a touchdown at the end of that set "o/ Oh well it was good at the time.

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So. Cal. USA

Oct 27th, 2017 10:55 AM   Edit   Profile  

While in Cleveland for my nieces wedding (see post above) I went to the premier blues jam in town at Brothers Lounge on the west side. I borrowed a Tele from my friend, played and sang two blues tunes. The audience wanted one more. Crap, I had only two prepared that could be easily followed by the other jammers. I called a slow blues in G (think Texas Flood)and sang about returning to Cleveland to play, my mid 80 year old parents in the crowd and the fact the Browns, on TV behind the bar, were about to win their 4th preseason game. Man what a hit!

I wish I had video because I have no memory of what I came up with for lyrics on the fly.

Tony Wright
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Stillwater, OK

I never met a calorie I didn't like.
Oct 27th, 2017 01:41 PM   Edit   Profile  

I just got in Cleveland....drove here in my old car

Playing this blues jam...my 80 yr old parents in this bar...

We're watching the Brown win...their best year so far.

Well, its raining down in.....

Mick Reid
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American-made in Oz!!
Oct 28th, 2017 09:29 PM   Edit   Profile  

Years ago our band got booked at a sports bar...

it was the Stanley Cup final... in New England!!!!

Waste of time and energy, but we got paid and didn't really play the whole gig.

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North Florida

A Friend of Bill W.
Oct 29th, 2017 09:13 AM   Edit   Profile  

I’ve had some really great experiences playing, times that just blow away the the incidents that I wish I could forget. Most of these didn’t involve paid gigs, though there were plenty of magic moments on the working stage.

One that really sticks with me was 15 or so years ago. I had just finished up the Cuban, my first home built bass. A friend and his band where hosting an open mic/jam at Little Hooligans, south of Miami.

I felt the need to show off my new bass so I drove up to the bar, even though it was a week night and had to be at work the next morning at 6:00am. I’m thinking show off the bass to my buddies pay a few tunes and head home. I walk into the place, everything was set up, I really love that part, and my buddy Glen comes up to me kind of frantically, Mike he says, my bass player had a car accident on the way to the gig, he’s OK, no one was hurt but he’s not going to be able to make it. So with no other bass players in the house I do the first set with him, nobody wanted to sit in, but a few bass players showed up. I’m thinking great, I’ll let them cover the rest of the night. As I was putting the Cuban in it’s case an old friend walks in, Albert Castiglia. It had been a few years since we’d seen each other, it was great to see him. He told me the story of what happened to the band when Jr.Wells passed away. He tried sticking it out after Jr. was gone but the band couldn’t hold it together so he came home.

I showed him the new bass, explaining that Maury my guitar player and our mutual friend had given me the block of cuban mahogany. He says great, what are you doing? I told him I had to get home, that I had work tomorrow at 6:00am, he said he really wanted to play and he wanted me to stick around and jam with him. Well I figured what the hell I can call in, it’s rare that I do that but missing a day of work to play with an old buddy is worth blowing off a day at work.

We took the stage at the beginning of the second set. Albert was smoking, I can’t figure it out but the way he plays I seem to know exactly whats coming next, like he’s telegraphing his intentions with his playing. Nobody in the place asked to sit in. We did like an hour and a half of the best blues I’d ever been a part of. The place was packed, freaking women were dancing on the tables. The crowed was going nuts. I know of no other experience that is anything like the magic that happens on these occasions, this is unique to the musician, the audience feels it and knows something special is happening but that is only a small part compared to what the musician is experiencing. It’s all Albert but I was glad to be a part of it.

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So. Cal. USA

Oct 30th, 2017 10:03 AM   Edit   Profile  

Tony, very much like that!

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