One of my biggest pet peeves with other (mostly younger) musicians playing in a band is something called “volume control.” Instead of blending in with other musicians they crank their instruments up to volume 10 so that they can be heard over everyone else. Somehow this makes them “feel” as if they are the better (or more superior) musician. Just because they are louder doesn’t make them better. The listening audience doesn’t need that type of aggression to the ear. On many occasions I would often give the nickname of “L.A.W.” In case you are wondering, LAW stands for “Loud… And Wrong….” It is difficult to listen to LAW players. They actually think since they can play louder that people prefer to hear them over everyone else. If you are a true professional musician (or unless you are the lead or the most featured instrument) then you should be more concerned with playing along “with” the rest of the band instead of “playing against” them. Of course, there will always be circumstances where you may be considered loud. If that is the case, then just turn your volume down and find your comfort listening zone. Please keep in mind that just because another musician hears you as being too loud it doesn’t mean that you are. Different parts of the stage will result in different qualities of hearing. It is up to you to find that difference in your music. Thank you for checking out my Daily Thought today, and as always I wish you the very best that life has to offer.
Bonnie Raitt in concert with Brett Jolly on bass