If you went to our MySpace site [www.MySpace,com /Lanceamartincom] , there is a blog for musicians to share stories on how they are treated on the road, or on a gig.
There should be more respect for musicians in this country. The term "I'm going to play music" throws alot of non musicians off. They understand the word "playing" but they don't understand that you are actually "working" when you are playing on a gig. Back in Pittsburgh, as a flutist, I remember waiting to get paid, and the client looked at me and said "But you only play the flute" I think I eventually got paid, but those are some of the things you take with you in life. I've heard that line alot more with vocalists "But you were only singing". Bass Players you've heard the joke about the couple who were going to marriage counsoling for not speaking to each other, until the counsoler brought in a bassist to play a bass solo and presto! they're talking to each other again. Drummers were the punchline of the joke Who is always hanging out with musicians? [ouch!] Trombonists have heard many jokes made about them, and let's not talk about flutist jokes, they are down right disgusting. (lol)
These may sound like rants, but I'm just having fun with it now. Have you ever been on a gig, wearing your "black & whites" (tux) and while you're on break standing outside, a guest will come by and give you their car keys. What do you do? Go on a joy ride during your break, or just hand them their keys and tell them you are not the valet.
to be cont.