Thursday, December 19, 2002


I had a musical rant prepared but I had to go to a gig. The ideas were developed and I could see it being blogged. Really, I did.

There's nothing like going to a job, hauling your equiptment through the loading dock [mine being an upright bass and a handtruck with your amplifier on it] to the lift, to one of the hotel bars to look into the face of another bassist. And the conversation goes like this:

1st Bass: Hi!! Hey, man, what are YOU doing here?

2nd Bassist: I was gonna ask you the same th...ooooohhhhhhh what a minute...?!

1st Bassist: Are you playing another function in the hotel? Don't tell me...

1st and 2nd Bassists in unison: Double Booked?!

Pretty musical, huh?
It's been awhile since the last time it happened to me but, when it does you get this jolt of realization and somebody bows out or somebody wants to fight. The other bassist offered to pack up and go but I back ed down and said, 'You're here. You're set up already and that's cool. I really don't have a problem with you. I'm going to go find one responsible for this and take it from there.' In the old days, I wouldn't have been mature enough to walk away and resolve the problem 'friendly like'. You know, you get psyched to perform and you have that energy reserved for a performance and something or somebody causes you to spill every drop. LOL

Wow! I'm maturing! See, men do take longer to grow!

Actually in the old days I had the wrong kind of pride. Now that I know one can resolve situations for the better, I feel good. I'm losing the baggage that I came here with. Leave that shit out there! You don't need it anymore.

I have to confess that I usually go to group therapy on this night but I needed to work so, I took the gig. When the double booking occurred, I must confess, I was overjoyed. I tell you guys this stuff 'cause I know you'll understand...teehee

This wasn't a musical rant but, maybe it is...Maybe I can tie it into becoming a mature musician. That's it! Okay, my heart and being is still fulfilled even though I didn't get a chance to play because I am learning to communicate verbally with people and group therapy fulfilled me the way music used to [but, music still does fulfill me...]. Oh yeah...maturity! That's it! I'm maturing, getting a balance of things instead of running to and hiding inside of the music that i wish I could caress and kiss [thanx Jimi...].

Check out Blu's site. The following words of wisdom were left for me in the comments box by Blu:

May those who love us, love us

And those who don't

May god turn their hearts

And if he can't turn their hearts

May he turn their ankles

So we'll know them by their limping!

blu (e) (w) @ 18 Dec 02 11:24

Blu has a great blogsite.

2nd Bassist: Are you cool with that?

1st Bassist: Yeah, I'm cool...


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