Blog 63: If the Music is Good, then I'm happy.
So I feel like I haven't written a blog in a while, I got a little busy with some gigs this past week. On Monday I played a show at Bar 4 in Brooklyn with a band I'm in called 'Red Light Growler'. I had a great time playing this one, with this band we play all originals of mine, but because we rehearse pretty regularly we can attempted more complicated music. This means I don't have to dumb down my writing to compensate for a band that is sight-reading. It was super cold monday, so we didn't have a lot of people there(maybe 15?), but I was really happy with the show because the music was good. I've realized in the past few weeks that that's where I'm at right now. Obviously, I'd like big crowds and full shows, but I played a show a few weeks before to a really full club, but the music wasn't great; so I was unhappy. So for me its this simple: If the music is good, I'm happy. If the music is not good, I'm not happy.
You can hear the 'Red Light Growler' show and some other live stuff I recorded this week here:
If the recording of 'RLG' sounds strangely mixed, it is because my recorder was actually BEHIND the band, so my trumpet was pointed the opposite direction.
The show in Philadelphia at Chris' on friday was alright; rocky at times, good at times. All and all, it was a learning experience(aren't they all). It was a pick-up band(never played together before and unrehearsed) and we pretty much just played standards all night. I've finally realized there are some patterns to audience turn-out. I usually play at Chris' 3 times a year(April, August, and December). August is usually a full house, April is usually pretty good and December is usually the lightest show. It was still nice to come hang in my home town and a big THANKS to the tourist group(people from France, Brooklyn etc). You guys were super cool and thanks for buying all those CDs! Enjoy
Lastly, I gotta say, I really enjoy playing shows out of town and wish I could do it more. So far, I've only played in Philadelphia, Allentown, DC, with my groups (I mostly play around NYC), but I just really like driving, hanging in the car with the band, and going to new venues. And while, I'm not a people person(I'm pretty anti-social and have a low threshold for BS), I really like meeting jazz fans who are cool and respectful. Its a pleasure playing for these types of people.