I've been playing Professionally since 1966. From then until October of 2000 my main instrument was the Drum Set. I survived a brain ischemia but suffered a significant left-side compromise and the loss of ability to continue playing the Drum Set. So I now apply the skills I have left to the Roland Shoulder Synthesizer often referred to as a Keytar. It's an instrument I can control with one hand. Which is perfect for me as I am one-handed due to my left side being compromised by the stroke. It all worked out great by 2003 I was proficient enough to do open mic gigs. and shortly thereafter a band formed and became The Groovenators. Four "old dudes" playing old songs, having a Blast! I've acquired a few bits and pieces of gear and I'm able to record, mix, and even master audio tracks right here in my bedroom/office/studio at an acceptable level. I just want to play until I can't play. I teach music at the local Community College. Actually I direct a Band, is more accurate. I started a project in 2006 called Blues Band 101. It's a Community based American Roots Music band. Over the years I observed a desire by many to want to participate. Skill level is and will Always Be the Determining factor when it comes to certain criteria, but for enjoyment one just needs a "safe place to play". And in this safe space I provide what help I can. It's an eight session, one session per week, course. We learn, and rehearse a 20-song list of cover songs from whatever genres we choose. A public concert at a local, popular venue, usually the day after the last session, but sometimes the week after, is the pay off. It's been a limited success and for me a chance to put my education to use and a real Personal Pleasure!
Music is the only True Magic. Music doesn't give, it allows.
To Always be able to play.
I do change the world, everyday, and when I am successful it is inevitable that I start with myself...
Probably, Happy Birthday.
Taj Mahal, Keb Mo, Return To Forever, Weather Report, Prince, James Brown, George Duke, Dennis Chambers
Inspiration is like perfection. It happens; often a sound track is suggested, implied...
The specific message of any song I write is whatever I'm feeling at the time I write it. But in general I'm telling stories about everyday life. And the overall tendency is to view that everyday life as being just that.
I started playing for money in 1966. I made $60.00 for a 4 hour jazz standards gig. They even fed us Prime Rib. I just did a Sunday afternoon 3 hour set for $50.00 and to be fair, they fed us too. Very well. I think the well drinks are free, but I don't drink so I don't know. My point is, this is 2018 almost 19 and I'm still making that same 1966, $50-60. The base pay throughout the various regions fluctuates according to the local economies, but the ratios are consistent. Point is, If you want to make a living you're going to have to commit to one of several ways of going about it. There are several information sites on the web that can guide you through a process that would get you started. But diversity is the key.
So far, I like the vibe! -- I've taken Drooble for an extended test drive and I'm in! It's a great concept.the format is excellent. When I first started playing music the major promo for All Music was done by way of the radio. I had my Favorite radio station's call letters "programed" into my car radio push buttons. KYA, KDIA, KSOL AND KSAN-FM. Well, "Video killed the radio star" and now the internet dominates where RADIO & T.V. once reigned. The Radio station Drooble provides is accessible and verdant. There is great potential here, I am glad to have discovered Drooble and I hope for and anticipate that this site will become very successful.
Not being able to play...
Absolutely! Go to the venues and $upport the bands.
Determination! Discipline, Passion, Humility, Empathy.
George Whitsell; Joe Lococo; Gary Hamilton; The Doorslammers. The Groovenators