For me, part of being a professional musician is in being prepared to do every type of gig. Normally on Thursdays I am home resting up, but yesterday I got called to do a gig in New York City. New York is over 2 hours away, and this city is highly congested. The band that I played for needed a bass guitar player to come in without rehearsal and play all the songs. I did exactly that. For those of you who have never been to New York city before, it is always an adventure for me. I “never” go there without any money. You have to pay tolls just to get in (in fact, it can be up to 30 dollars). Traffic is horrible. To park in New York (which is darn near impossible to do on the street) can cost you up to 50 dollars to park in a lot. The toughest part for me was to find a place where I could simply unload my car. Then it appears the entire city is under “high security.” They check your license while often bringing out dogs to sniff your car for any bombs. This place changes your mentality just as soon as you enter it. I performed with this group on the 37th floor of some building and it had a great view of the New York City skyline. By the way, the gig went great. I enjoy doing the gigs to complete satisfaction, getting paid and going home. Even though this band was well set with their own people, they asked me to sing the last 3 numbers. It was a great gig for a Thursday night. I even got back home at a reasonable hour. I play a lot. I can’t remember every gig that I have done, so chances are I will eventually forget this one as well. It was just fun to do, and I hope you don’t mind me sharing with you. Thank you for checking out my Daily Thought, and as always I wish you the very best that life has to offer.
The Stylistics in concert with Brett Jolly on bass guitar