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Loss of Luster

Posted on February 26, 2017 with 0 comments
As many of you know, I get the chance to mingle with many of the movers and shakers in Hollywood whenever I visit Los Angeles for the ASMAC awards ceremonies. It’s such a different atmosphere and discussion of the movie business is always a topic of conversation.  It’s amazing those things that I may notice in a film, no matter what technique, there is always someone that may have noticed the same thing. And even at the ceremonies, no one is selling anything.  It’s just a group of people with the same interests getting together for an evening of good times.  It’s quite refreshing.  As I have gotten older, I have come to imagine what my life would have been like had I stayed on the west coast and dug out my niche. I have told more than one person that, no matter where I am, my heart is with everyone there. It feels like I have lived there all my life.  I do have several friends there that are trying to entice me to relocate but it just seems [...]
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Confidence

Posted on October 18, 2015 with 4 comments
When you’re a young person confidence isn’t something that creeps into your vocabulary.  You’re more cocky and brazen and not really thinking about the demeanor that you should have.  This can get you into a lot of trouble.  It got me into trouble, at times.  When you’re younger, you have so much to prove. You’re excited to be playing music.  When you reach an acceptable level of proficiency, you expect to be accepted into the world inhabited by the other musicians.  What you’re not aware of is that there are other dynamics in play.  Maybe the other players don’t want you around.  Maybe you’re a little better then they, maybe you pose some kind of a threat to their employment or maybe, you’re not quite up to their standards.  The latter is subject to a wide range of opinions. The word I hear a lot of is jealousy.  I don’t like to use this word.  I was told at a young age that [...]
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Dedication

Posted on October 4, 2015 with 0 comments
Dedication.  Does anyone really know what this means?  A young musician in our area, who showed a great deal of promise, used to come to our jam sessions and was very well received.  He was also going to the local college in the music program.  One week he came to the club and announced that he couldn’t come to the sessions anymore because his mother told him he had to get a “real” job and wouldn’t have time.  Where have I heard that before?  If he had gone into the military as a musician, would that have been OK?  It took everyone aback a little. It is always a good thing, if you’re to be a musician, to get as much time as possible working with “the old guys”. I did it. I took the musical punches from the older guys and then bounced back. There are a whole bunch of things that you need to know about music that you can’t get in an institution of higher learning.  I’ve been to two different schools [...]
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A little bit of teamwork.

Posted on September 27, 2015 with 2 comments

You can talk about sports and how it forms team work all you want, but playing music with sixty guys really forms your character and develops real work habits that, I suspect, carries over into other careers. 

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What Do I Do Now?

Posted on September 20, 2015 with 2 comments

My dilemma is: Do I forsake all the years I have invested in music just to eke out a living or hang in there in hopes that a golden opportunity presents itself.

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