swimmingupstream wrote:It takes a special kind of entitlement to expect to be paid for pursuing your hobby.
It takes a special kind of ignorance to take that position.
You don't bust your ass to get a Masters Degree for a hobby. Music is a Proffession. I make a damn fine living from it too.
That being said, I've lived here for several years and have never played in a bar here. Why? I have standards. I did not bust my ass earning two degrees to work for free. The so-called music scene here is pure amateur hour. There is no money and no respect. They expect us to work for free and to kiss their ass for the privledge. FUCK THAT!
What really gets me is that this town has all of this protesting and lip service about Unions and Living Wage, but when it comes to musicians we just don't count as human beings. Well guess what, musicians have to pay rent and buy food just like everyone else. You CANNOT work a full time day job and be a great musician. Just like anything else, if you want to excell, you have to do it all the time. Playing music is a physical thing and you have to stay in shape. That's why some people have to rehearse a 2 chord song 100 times, and others can glance at a complex chart and play it right the first time.
There's a cat named Osee Anderson who teaches at GIT. He told me when I was a kid, "you get real good real quick when your next meal depends on it". Truer words where never spoken. That's the problem here - if someone gets good they have to leave. The best players in this town rarely perform here. They teach or do studio work or perform out of town. You think the bars here have shitty music? Well you get what you pay for! Even a guy that DOES have talent and skill will see those skills deteriorate real fast if he has to take 40 hours a week away from keeping them sharp. Would you want to get surgery from a surgeon who only operates on weekends because he spends 40 hours a week screwing around on te internet while he collects a state paycheck?