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#23 - Long Time Coming...

Posted on August 25, 2018 with 0 comments

After 8 years of gigging between NH, ME, and CT, I find it's time for a break. Time to reconnect with the songwriter. Get some recording done - needed in order to complete Album project #6 (admittedly wayyyy behind schedule). Many thoughts of late, mostly positive, some less than, about what this musical journey means, at this late point in my life.

When I began this spate of performing in the Fall of 2010, my goal was fairly straight forward; get back in the swim of regular gigging, keep my art alive, and bring in the supplemental odd dollar. I met or exceeded these goals, won a few fans in the process.

That said, it bears noting that in the music business, as in many other business segments, the micro often mirrors the macro. Ontogeny indeed recapitulates phylogeny. As the greater music industry had regressed into a sordid show of bean counters, sex, and cotton candy, so has the club-level arena turn into space where management views the hired musician as little more than a breathing, living jukebox - a necessary evil for bringing in more diners. The dictates of profit generation are understandable. What I find untenable is the bald & artless insistence on control over my art. The organic process of creating meaningful art requires a deft touch, by those who direct it, rather than the endless application of a two-by-four at the side of my head.

I am reminded of how poorly I fared in grade school, as a result sometimes violent coercion. And while physical abuse is no longer part of the equation for many years now, dealing with management, in its myriad forms, I find just as objectionable as I always have. In the realm of tech-dom, where I earn the lion's share of my income, I accept management as the 'devil's deal' that it mostly is. But in my music, I will have it no longer. At the end of the day, I know it's only rock and roll. But I like it.