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Saturday, March 19, 2005

The Passion of the Crust

Althea's dinner gig last night. I liked it a lot better when I was closer to the street. Hungry street egret pensioners are actually more attentive audiences than diners. Dinner gigs, by nature, are background music gigs. When I was set up closer to the street, there was the outside bar and the waiting line. I had crowd contact. Nobody was chewing. People chewing crusty bread and such don't clap or look up and listening is impaired by grinding and swallowing. Now I'm in the back of this open air room a good twenty feet from the street. There are parrots behind me. They sometimes sing backup. Badly. Having a good gig here is a forced state of mind and that's a very good exercise. Especially when it's steady work and good money as well.

But free gigs and poorly paying gigs are often more fun. This disparity is a stark reminder that I'm most fortunate not to have to depend on this for income. I have the deepest respect and empathy for my friends who do. I imagine it raises the level of passion in your performance, though. I guess as I get older and inflation eats up the largest part of my pension and GW squanders my social security of some Wall Street Ponzi scheme, I'll be a hell of a lot more passionate.

posted by Bud @ 9:41 AM

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