A lot of people need to work for a living. Unless you hit the lottery or are living under affluent circumstances you need some sort of employment. I absolutely love what I do. For me, playing musi…
A lot of people need to work for a living. Unless you hit the lottery or are living under affluent circumstances you need some sort of employment. I absolutely love what I do. For me, playing music is a stress reliever. It helps me escape from everyday responsibilities and even though it is always “only temporary” it is just enough to make a difference in my life. When I play music I am in my own zone. Of course, not all gigs are great. I have been known to play for just about any local band that reaches out (My motto is, “If it pays… I plays…”) but some groups are a little more challenging to play for. For instance, I was once called to play for a group that was really “not that good.” The players were not sure of how to play some of the tunes that are mandatory for musicians to know. There is one song that just about EVERY band should know, and that song is “At Last” by Etta James. If I had an extra $5 for each time I played this song I could have retired long ago. This one group didn’t know the song at all. The biggest problem I have with this is whenever someone “recognizes me” they might associate me with the group. For the one gig I did with them, many people already knew me as an accomplished musician, so naturally many thought that this group was “mine.” We sounded awful, and I was only filling in, but if people didn’t know that then you could easily see how this could have an impact on me in the future. There are also the good gigs as well. Many local bands call me to fill in because I don’t necessarily need to rehearse. I have a huge repertoire of music and even if I don’t know a song I will “play it anyway.” Since I have something called “perfect pitch” I can literally “hear” where the song is headed and most times I can pick it up on the spot. That is the cool thing about what I do. I have had several group leaders say “Tell me what songs you know.” I simply let them know that I will play it all. Those that don’t know me usually give me a tainted look as if to say “Yeah, right.” However, after the gig is over their skepticisms turn to smiles. Music is a beautiful thing. I love it, and I want to continue playing until the day comes when they “close the lid.” I am thankful to be able to do what I love, and I have had some great gigs in my life playing for some very big names in music. You can check out some of those on my web site WWW.Brettjolly.com. Thank you for checking out my Daily Thought today and as always I wish you the very best that life has to offer.