Monday, June 5th, 2017 12:20 PM
Another Peaceful Monday
A few more gigs are starting to filter in. Got one around Labor Day and another in August. The August date is at the Illinois State Fair, and is just 90 minutes. That's a Monday, so the Fair shouldn't be too crowded. An easy in and out.
Between now and then I have one gig this month and another in July. And in August I have a gig of my own, which will be the 3rd year in a row at this particular bar.
Funny thing, on my own gigs I'm usually more concerned with making sure everybody gets to play. I have a big smelly ego like everybody else and love to show off myself, it's just that I get busy running the gig, a big part of which is making sure it runs smoothly--i.e. everyone gets to play. I still get my precious time in the barrel, only it often ends up being the last solo in the tune..
There's a new version of Chameleon up on YouTube. This one makes no attempt at a melody or any particular adherence to the structure of the tune, except to thin out a bit when it comes back to the solo bass line. When I followed the melody, I didn't quite get enough time to develop a solo. I'd just break out a sweat when it was time to go back to the melody.
I've always been and always will be primarily an improvising musician. That is, I am most at home in musical situations where there's a lot of improv. I don't like to play the same thing twice(even though I repeat myself in solos, probably ad nauseum..), and like to at least have the freedom to play it differently if I so choose.
So much for my artistic manifesto. Thanks for reading, whoever-reads-this. Hope you'll check out the new on on YouTube. Probably more to come there, as this is a 'lazy' day. More later.