The gig I had for tonight was canceled. The band didn't live up to the expectations of the owner of the restaurant. We got the gig last minute and I guess it was an audition. They wanted us to play "Mexican-Rock". On the stereo, they had salsa and other forms of Latin music. Nothing from Mexico. Even one of the workers had the nerve to say that "all Mexican music has horns". I'm not even Latino and I was offended (I probably shouldn't have taken it personally). In my mind, it's like saying that all black people listen to rap and wear their jeans half-way off their butt. It's probably a good thing we're not playing tonight. Event though we all need the money, quality time with the family is always a good thing.
This lead to the point of this entry: I understand that sometimes we have to play music we don't like or care for to get/keep a gig. However, if this is all I do in my playing career, I might as well quit now. Sell all of my gear and just teach. It goes back to not wanted to do the same things all of the time. I have to remember that these are jobs I'm playing. Unless I'm Prince or Wynton Marsalis, I have to other things to make it. It's best to smile, be polite and just do the job and go home. It works on the teaching gig; I have to apply it on the playing jobs as well.