There is a certain bar in West Chester. I contacted their booking guy, Rob. We agreed back in July on a show Friday, September 9th. To confirm the start time & end time, I emailed him last Wednesday to say we were looking forward to the gig, and when do you want us to start? He comes back... "Oh, I had you on the calendar for Thursday night. Call me ASAP." Unbelievable! I dig up the old email where he confirmed the date with me. Check.
I call him... he goes on this long story about how the owner has established a "piano man" scene on Friday nights, with bands on Thursdays and Saturdays. Which is fine in itself. But why had he not called me and let me know? Is that too much to ask? Had I not emailed him Wednesday, we would have showed up Friday night with all our gear (including PA) for a jam session with Piano Man, and not gotten paid.
|Sing us a song, you're the piano man.|
Because the simple fact is, if you do not have a relationship like that, it will be very difficult to keep your band together. When all else fails - when you are fighting inside the band, when other members play in other bands, when you are tired - it's the gigs that pull you back together. It's the gigs that make all the work and the sacrifice worth it. It's the gigs that focus the minds of the members and get guys off their horse to practice. The gigs are the big payoff. That's why you pick up a guitar and play. To play your music for people to enjoy.
|The man who invented the phonograph, and therefore the music industry. Thomas Edison.|
|One-hit-wonder: Blind Melon|
|The man who blew up the world of popular music - Steve Jobs.|
So, Will, what's your point? Well, the reason to play music now is the same reason that men played music 1,000 years ago. To entertain the locals with your talent; to give the young a reason to move their feet and meet a mate on the dance floor; to grease the wheels of commerce at your local saloon; to find yourself in the company of a woman you have no business being with otherwise; to have a darn good time making people happy. That's why.