I'm a freelance writer by day and a working jazz musician by night, and often I am able to combine my two lines of work. This blog is for posting gigs & various rants about music and life in general.

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Tuesday, October 24, 2006

update, finally!

I've been neglectful of this site, and for that I apologize. I don't think anyone's overly upset, but I'll apologize anyway. Let's see, what shall we discuss today?

Rather than talk about the gig Kevin and I were supposed to play this weekend that got cancelled that the bandleader forgot to tell us about—after we drove an hour to get there and made arrangements for our daughter to be in someone else's care, which turns a 3 hour gig into a 10 hour day, no joke—I'd like to wonder why management decided to book an outdoor gig in late October, anyway. The day was miserable and while I don't mind not playing outside (45 degrees and windy)…what do you expect for late October? This same venue begins booking the season in March. That's March in the Midwest, where we're still on snowstorm alert until mid-April.

I probably shouldn't complain. After all, all I have to do is say no to outdoor gigs that don't fall when the chance of having at least some seasonal support is better. But I can't help but wonder what goes through the minds of these people. The first twenty days in March it's still winter, technically. And by the end of October there aren't even any leaves on the trees usually. Why would having outdoor music be a good idea? Intonation goes out the window on a cold and blustery day, not to mention any sort of dexterity.

I hope I don't sound ungrateful. I really do cheer any establishment willing to hire live musicians. I'm just having a "what were they thinking" moment. Must be due to the Topinka ads plastered all over the television these days (local politician).

Oh, and I hope you feel better, Sweetie.