I am a recovering musician, paying it backwards for adventures past. I play a percussive, finger picking style on a Froggy Bottom guitar. Find me in the usual places (iTunes, Amazon, Spotify, etc.) as "Hank Osborne."
Let's the Muse out to play.
Theme song in a major movie.
Fewer drum solos. Nah, just kidding, fewer bass solos... well, nope, maybe fewer guitar solos? Seriously? How about we start with an FCC-mandated, commercial-free news hour like we had back when television started - and get rid of the 24/7 realty shows that masquerade as news shows, but only strive for ratings and commercial investment, and are on the brink of destroying this young, fragile experiment in government we call democracy.
Jesse Colin Young: Song for Juli
JJ Cale, Sting, Eric Clapton, Stephen Stills, Tom Waits, John Prine, Bonnie Rait, Bruce Cockburn, B.B. King, James Taylor, Mark Knopfler, John Mayer, Jesse Colin Young
The need to let the Muse out to play.
Depends. Most of my songs are medicinal - or me just trying to figure something out - like love, or marriage, whatever.
Again depends. If they are not with me, I just close my eyes and focus on the music. If they are giving me energy, I try to keep my eyes open and work on my stage act.
Speaking strictly for the solo/duo acts out there, it seem to me that the pay scale has not gone up much since I did it for a living back in the 80s. That's a bit weird.
Forgetting my own lyrics.
In a way, yes. I run an open mic once a week and put a lot of energy (and good equipment) to work to make sure that the audience and the musician(s) like the sound.
That's a tough one for me. Biggest audience I ever played for was a thousand people in Osaka - ask that question of someone whose done a big show.
Chris Kleeman Senie Hunt-Stewart Delaney Pickering