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Date Published:

09/03/2009

Subject:

Musicians Contact end of summer comments


http://www.MusiciansContact.com The Source For Jobs Since 1969 Sterling Howard, Founder/Owner 818-888-7879 news@MusiciansContact.com Musicians receiving this email: 48,089

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Thank you, thank you, to all who responded to our recent birthday blurb celebrating our company's 40th birthday. I had no idea we had so many OLD friends! Our birthday treat offering 50% off box office ticket prices to LASERIUM in Hollywood is still in effect. You pay only $7.50 for adults and $6.00 for kids! This discount includes special Rocktronica shows on Sept 17, 18, and 19. Go to http://www.Laserium.com/tickets.html Pick your show, date and time, number of tickets, then go to Checkout. Input this promo code: 50LASER9523 and the 50% discount will be given to each ticket. Print your tickets and bring them to the box office. I saw The Beatles show myself and must say I was blown away.

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And now, bassist/writer Bill Cinque gives some insight on "Investing In Yourself".

As musicians, we often find ourselves investing in stuff. It stands to reason that better instruments will make us sound better. Better recording gear will allow us to produce a better product. Buying all this “better” stuff can come with a hefty price tag. We buy the gear today and try to pay for it tomorrow. We hope the new and improved sound we get will pay off in the future. We are musicians, the masters of deficit spending. Much of this type of “investing” is unwise. We are spending money we don’t have and expecting unreasonable returns. We know there can be a tremendous downside to this type of behavior. Each of us should consider investing in ourselves. We may not have money, but we do have talent. We have creativity and vision. We should use talent as our currency. What do I mean by that? I suggest we spend more time and energy writing music and being creative. You don’t need a new piano to write a new song. Sit down with your paper and pencil, (with a good eraser), and start writing. Write a good song and then work hard to make it a great song. This costs nothing. The pay off could be fantastic. I’ll be bold here and introduce some "Songonomics". The economy is bad. Good paying gigs are hard to find. This is a great time to work on your original projects. Compare this to the stock or real estate market. You can buy real estate or stocks for next to nothing IF you have the money. You might not have cash, but you have creativity. If you’re not busy gigging, get busy writing. The pay off isn’t always money. Sometimes it’s the accomplishment of finishing a song. It can be the satisfaction of doing a 45 minute set of your material at a club. If and when your song does make money, you can look to the paper and pencil as a small investment becoming a great return. I recently received my quarterly check from ASCAP. I was paid for a song called Hold Me that was placed a few times on the soap opera Young And Restless in Sept of 08. The song was recorded in 2002. Then I realized I wrote the song in 1979. It cost me nothing to write and the cost of recording it was more than covered in this one royalty check. I wrote Hold Me at a time when I was between gigs and day jobs. I was unemployed for 3 weeks with no prospects in sight. (Of course, my girlfriend dumped me at the same time.) I decided to take a step and write a song. Back then, I knew nothing of royalties, mechanicals, publishing, etc. But I took the time to invest in myself by writing a song for the sake of doing something creative, not for making money. I’m glad I took that step. It paid off in every way. I wrote a good song. I enjoyed the small victory of hearing it on TV. I made some money. The experience taught me a great deal. Investing in yourself is a sure thing.

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Everyone has at least one good story or joke from the following list. Shoot us an email to news@MusiciansContact.com on any of these topics so we can print it next time:

* Your Worst or Most Unusual Gig * The Best Gig Ever * Your Weirdest Audition * Your Closest Call To Fame * Bad/Best Musician Joke

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Most Unusual Gig (submitted by Jim Rodriguez)

Our 9 piece band was looking forward to playing our upcoming gig for a wedding reception because it was on a huge boat in the marina. We started the evening with soft music and everyone was dancing. The room was full of people with echoes of laughter and conversation. As we began the next tune, we started to have technical problems and began scrambling to fix the noise factor. When we were ready to start again, the room was completely empty. Did we sound that bad? I soon realized why everyone had left. A few boats over was another party full of people but they were all jumping off the boat into the water. Flames 30 feet high were visible. We spent the rest of the evening watching the fire department put out the fire with huge water cannons and pulling people out of the water. In spite of this craziness, we still got paid for less than one hour of work. When I arrived home, my wife asked, "So how was the gig?" With a smirk I said, "We were hot and the audience was on fire".

Best Gig Ever (submitted by Jennifer Argenti)

I got a call to play violin at a nursing home. It only paid $50 but since I figured I wasn't doing anything else, $50 was worth it. When I arrived, I saw 20 seniors, some asleep in their wheelchairs and some more alert but recovering from surgeries. They were all anxiously awaiting my arrival. I played a couple classical tunes, they liked it, then I played some Italian songs and they perked up even more. They were humming along and by the time I got to Misty, there was no stopping them! I swear I almost cried, it was like I could feel their souls and spirits open up and come alive, even the crazy ones talking to themselves were singing along. I played tune after tune as more patients rolled into the room. When I was done, they all yelled "Bravo!" As I was playing, I was thinking that lots of us will be in this same situation some day, and that far too many times old people are considered stupid or dumb. But I assure you they still have spirit inside and sometimes all it takes is a familiar tune to bring them joy. If all my music study and practicing was for this one gig alone, it would have been worth it.

Best Joke (submitted by Michael Charren) Please note that we usually have more jokes, but since not enough have been sent in, (hint, hint), we just chose one LONG one. Warning: Drummers should not read this joke!

A jazz trio is playing a gig at an upscale nightclub. They play a classic bebop tune at a fleet tempo with grace and ease.

Then comes a Wayne Shorter composition filled with mysterious harmonies, poignant melodies and daring improvisations.

Next they present a medley of lesser known Harold Arlen songs that only a connoisseur would recognize.

Then a man approaches the bandstand and asks the pianist “Can you play Lara’s Theme from Dr. Zhivago?” The pianist tells the man that they are jazz musicians and that they usually don’t take requests of that sort. The man pulls out $300 which he lays on the piano. The pianist announces “Lara’s Theme in G.”

They play the tune in the fashion of the original version, the pianist emulating the Balalaika textures with a delicate upper register tremolo. As he plays, he absent-mindedly gazes at the soundboard of his ebony Steinway B and wonders about the grain in the wood. "How would the tonal characteristics be altered if the grain of the soundboard ran perpendicular to the strings rather than parallel", he silently asks himself.

The bassist amuses himself with an assortment of well-placed double-stops and harmonics. He daydreams as he looks at the top of his mid 19th century double bass and wonders "How many times has the top been varnished, how did the varnish of past years differ from today’s, how would the resonance properties be affected if there were no varnish at all?"

The drummer gazes down onto the single ply, medium weight head of his 1950’s vintage black oyster pearl snare drum and counts to himself, “One, two, three, one, two, three, one, two, three.”

That's it, folks!

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