Archive for September, 2010

Professional Musician

Wednesday, September 29th, 2010

I play with all these people who think the world will end if they hit a wrong note.  A lot of these people are amateurs.  The last time I looked I didn’t see Simon Cowell hiding behind the organ in my basement and besides which, if you’re an amateur the only reason to play is to have fun.  It’s not fun punishing yourself for hitting a wrong note.

On the other hand being a professional you have to achieve ‘Wow’ and you can’t distract your audience with mistakes.  That takes a lot of practice and is a full time job.  Putting 4 hours of performance together and perfecting it really feels like work.

Scheduling

Wednesday, September 22nd, 2010

I have this list of things I want to get done.  This morning I looked through the microsoft menus for something to use to make a schedule.  I found something about chores which included brushing teeth.  Fortunately, I could change that list.  So far my list of morning chores goes as

arrange/compose

practice

clean/fix

blog (where I am right now)

record/edit

It’s now 12:18 so, I’ll treat the term ‘morning’ loosely.  I’m also hungry so, record/edit will have to get pushed to the afternoon (brunch) anyway.  Then again, I may have to drop an activity.  I don’t like that idea.  I hate reality shows and it’s turning out that the reality of time also sucks.

Bethal Woods

Thursday, September 2nd, 2010

It was long overdue but, I finally visited the site of the original Woodstock Festival, or at least the nearby tourist destination.  There is an excellent museum there that does a good job of capturing the mood and perspective of the times.  Though, McCain dismissed it as a “pharmaceutical experience” it has as much, or should I say more historically compelling significance than any Civil War battlefield exhibit.  I say this because there have been battlefields since time immemorial but, the Woodstock Festival was the anti-battlefield.  It had it’s topography, it’s leaders and it’s sense of chaos.  It even had it’s villains.  There was, however, something entirely new to our human species; a half a million people getting together and not killing each other.