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« Reply #200 on: May 04, 2015, 06:12AM »

Thirty years ago, when I was completely burnt out with the business, and hated most of the music I was having to play to make a living: dixieland, wedding bands, parades with a brass band ..., I guess I felt pretty much the same way Bornagain does. When all my horns were stolen, I decided to quit playing. Looking back, that was a big mistake. I've missed playing all these years, and now I'm finally trying to get my chops back. The jury's still out on that. I'm finding that age presents some problems for me now.

It's true that playing ANY instrument can be a tough way to make a living, especially a horn. I had a few good years financially, and a lot that weren't so good. And I had to play some bad music along the way, just to pay the rent. But I also had my share of those experiences where the band was good; I was playing well; and the audience was really into it. It just doesn't get any better than that. If I had gotten a degree in engineering, instead of music, there's little doubt that my life would have been a lot easier. But I would have missed out on a lot of joy.

Hang in there, Bornagain. It could be a lot worse. You could be getting up every morning and heading for some office job.
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« Reply #201 on: May 04, 2015, 07:37AM »

I had a long drive yesterday. I used the time productively to catch up on bone2pick podcasts. The one relevant to this thread, for younger players, is Marshall Gilkes and Ryan Keberle describing what they went through to establish themselves and to learn their act at the highest level.

http://www.hip-bonemusic.com/b2p_gilkes_keberle.html

The 7 hour drive went by quickly. These podcasts are awesome.
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« Reply #202 on: May 04, 2015, 08:15AM »

Are you aware
That not too many people care?
If it is your fate
You will be great
But musicians beware.
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« Reply #203 on: May 04, 2015, 08:17AM »

Are you aware
That not too many people care?
If it is your fate
You will be great
But musicians beware.

Oh krap. This limerick stuff is spreading like a virus.
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« Reply #204 on: May 04, 2015, 08:18AM »

Oh krap. This limerick stuff is spreading like a virus.

Do not we all know,
The trombonist's poetry
Is always haiku?
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« Reply #205 on: May 04, 2015, 08:19AM »

Oh krap. This limerick stuff is spreading like a virus.

Agreed!

Can we end this thread now?


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« Reply #206 on: May 04, 2015, 08:20AM »

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« Reply #207 on: May 04, 2015, 09:45AM »

Any more insulting posts (veiled or otherwise) will result in this thread being locked down.

I suck!

Ok, Greg - can we shut it down?  Evil Evil Evil

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« Reply #208 on: May 04, 2015, 09:46AM »

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« Reply #209 on: May 04, 2015, 10:02AM »

I suck!


you're tone would be better if you blew.
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« Reply #210 on: May 04, 2015, 10:26AM »

My situation when I finished High School was that I was offered several scholarships on trombone, but I decided to go to UH instead majoring in EE. The reason? I thought that the only thing I could do with a degree in music on trombone was either be a band director or work in music retail. That's it. Those were the only two options I thought I had with the music degree.


Thousands of years later, I realize that I was completely wrong, but what do you expect when you're a teenager without a mentor to explain how the real world works? Anyway, I've done pretty good in the technology career path, but have always wondered what coulda been if I went the other way. Now, that I'm struggling to play the trombone again, I sometimes wish I woulda stayed with it.

Hi Dusty -

I hope you don't feel too badly about how things turned out.  A few of the best freelance players i play with regularly followed the same path as you, and to a man they are quite happy that they can pursue trombone playing more seriously in their "retirement" with relative financial security, having put stuff like raising children and paying for college behind them.
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« Reply #211 on: May 04, 2015, 10:27AM »

I see Patrick had to bring his limerick crap over here since I reported him to the moderator in the chit-chat area.

Dude, have some compassion or move on. You're just making yourself look bad.
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« Reply #212 on: May 04, 2015, 10:32AM »

It is obvious that this thread isn't going to get any better.

It is now locked down.
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