Tuesday nights are rehearsal night for the latin band I play with, Serenata. We got together for what was supposed to be a rehearsal. The keyboard player decided to quit that night. The interesting thing is that the leader of the band had been expecting this to happen for a few days. The keyboard player said he was working with other groups, which in my book that is OK. What made everybody upset was that he decided to quit before he got to rehearsal. Basically we came to the rehearsal spot for nothing. We talked about upcoming gigs, the need for a keyboard player, etc.. Here is what I've learned over again.
1. Mama told me a long time ago that it is easier to get a job when you have one. This applies in music as well. At the same time... you don't leave a gig or job that pays for another gig or job that MIGHT pay. Even though I would LOVE to be playing straight ahead jazz on a regular basis, I am grateful for my 5X or more monthly gigs playing Salsa, Timba, Merengue and a little latin jazz.. and my wife is grateful as well. I'm not going to let my desires lead me away from my money.
2. I use to have the attitude that I shouldn't have to worry about a sub if I can't do a gig. Now..I see how it makes things easier for that leader if I have my own sub list and pull from it. It just showing courtesy to everyone else in the band, including the leader. If I can't make it, send a sub. I have to do that for my school job.It only makes sense if it has to be done in the music world.
3. If I'm unhappy with a playing situation, go create another that you like. I have to be my best promoter, not the band leader alone.
Until next time...