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Posted by Blisshead on February 13, 2001 at 10:28:14:
In Reply to: Work, work, work ...how do you guys deal with it? posted by El Pájaro on February 13, 2001 at 07:09:00:
: Hey there,
: Like many of you, I don't play bass in a professional level. I don't mean I don't have a "professional" attitude towards music (you bet!), but I do have to rely in another activity (in my case, law practice) to make my living.
: Day jobs can be time- and effort-consuming (in my case, sometimes to a sickening degree), leave little to no time for practicing, learning, playing and writing music, sometimes all you can do after you come back home is burn out and watch some soccer game on TV.
: It is my guess that some of you went through the same sh*t at any given time, so my question is, how do you live with it? I mean, sometimes there's something or someone (hey Scott you know this one's about you buddy!) to remind me how much joy it is to play bass and make music, but still...
: How do you find a way around this problem? What motivates you to keep learning, studying, playing, writing music when it doesn't represent your main income and you can't devote as much time as you'd like to it? How do you feed the sacred fire? How do you stay focused? What inspires you to go a little further every day?
: Any thoughts you'd like to share with your bruddas and sistas? Thanks in advance and, as always, buena suerte and keep those basses way up front in the mix,
: El Pájaro
I pay the bills with a computer related support job, set my own hours etc. , allows me flexibility. I try to play with as wide a variety of people in improve settings as I can; be it jazz, funk, or that nebulous thing that a lot of college bands mistakenly call funk, whatever. I find this to be the most inspiring in terms of pushing myself to improve. I love finding a drummer who can challenge my timing or a sax player who has a gift for melody or "out" playing. Playing in front of an audience is also incredible rewarding, (except at cookouts, I was bitten in the hand by a medium sized dog at a cookout, I still played though)! The other thing I've been doing is finding musicians online who have samples and cd's for sale. I just bought Groove Therapy by Ray Riendeau and Joe Morris, very inspirational! You can hear samples at www.joemorris.com. When I am really burned out, I'll even sit in front or the TV and just let my hands run through whatever I feel like, unplugged or with the acoustic. I've made some really interesting progress that way, when I least expect it! Good Luck - B
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