Autumn Newsletter from Musicians Contact
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Late Autumn Greetings!
Our newsletter is mostly a forum where we report what YOU think about various musical topics.
Give us your input on how to increase live music, what’s right or wrong with music today, how can the pay scale be raised, etc. Give us your thoughts, solutions, and comments so we can feature them in future newsletters.
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Quick commentary from owner Sterling Howard:
I think it's great that there are so many music seminars, clinics, and conferences these days. But few seem to focus on what I believe is super important: promoting LIVE music perfomance. I see the same subjects time after time: "How to Write a Hit Song", "Promoting your Music on the Internet", "How to get a Label Deal", etc. Notice these topics concern original music only, but live music consists of original AND cover acts, and tons of bands play covers to stay alive. So where is all the advice for THEM? Music seminars and conferences need to place more emphasis on LIVE performing, whether original or copy. What do you think? Drop us your thoughts at: news@MusiciansContact.com
And here's a few comments that arrived recently:
Bootsie Daniels said: Garage bands will play for peanuts, and the quality players in tight bands suffer because club owners pay them the same amount.
Roger, (drummer), echos the same: The quality of local bands has gone downhill. Bands go out and play before they are ready to gig. It's not the club owners fault if he can get free or next to free music. Bands need to get stronger, have a great show with good vocals, and give the club owner a reason NOT to hire a DJ.
Paul Whitmore: In New England, DJs have been popular not so much for saving money, but wedding guests are guaranteed exact audio replicas of their favorite tunes. But recently the tide has changed, as many musicians realize they have to learn more diverse material. Also, due to the fact that Classic Rock won't die, there is becoming a whole new generation of standards to be enjoyed, best played by a live band.
Raz Scofield: If there is a lack of clubs, why don't musicians get together and open their own? Of course it's expensive, but there are many musicians now with good day jobs or who know investors. If you think money can be made in the live band business, where there's a will, there's a way.
Deirdre Rogers: Lets get more creative! We need to stop trying to sound like everyone else and do something original. Musicians FEAR not making money and FEAR being different. But DIFFERENCE is what made rock and roll exciting!
Mark-John Kasperek: Wake up, musicians! STOP playing for nothing. If EVERYONE says no, venues will HAVE to start paying, lose the draw of live music, or close.
Arnell Byrd: Instruments and voice are a means of expressing feelings within. As soon as there are no music categories or music bias, music becomes free to be expressed as it flows from the creator. Only then will radio and TV and record companies cease to control what is natural.
Have something to say? Please, send your comments to: news@MusiciansContact.com
Shifting gears, reach back into your memory and send us your fondest experience on any of the following categories. The best are printed in future newsletters.
1. Worst or Most Unusual Gig: (Submitted by drummer Randy Kizer)
I was playing in a country rock band in the 80's and President Reagan's man, Larry Speakes and his gang came in. They liked our band and asked if we'd like to perform for the President. So we set it all up and we're playing onstage when Mr. Speakes says he wants to play guitar. "What key?" we ask. "D" he says. We kicked into a Merle Haggard tune and he starts strumming his D chord - over and over! Turns out he meant that he could play a D chord, not play in the key of D! It was hilarious. Even though I didn't vote for The Gipper, it was a lot of fun and we did that show 7 years out of 8.
2. Best Gig Ever: (Submitted by bassist Marty Buttwinick)
It was a concert at Osaka Stadium in Japan with an r&b soul group. There weren't many American bands there at the time, let alone a group with 4 hippies and 4 front singers. The audience was going nuts. They started clapping and stomping for the concert to begin and we were just about ready, but there was a lull with nothing happening on stage except for all the clapping. So I went to center stage and clapped with them, gradually slowing them down to the tempo of our first song. When it was right, the drummer counted it off and we played. That was a rush!
3. Weirdest Audition: (Submitted by Bryce Poe)
It would have to be the time my hard rock band auditioned for a large annual picnic blast for a....nudist colony. We all joked and wondered if we would have a better chance of getting the gig if we played in the nude ourselves. We chickened out, but sure enough, the 5 or 6 people who auditioned us weren't wearing a stitch. And guess what - we DIDN'T get the job.
4. Closest Call To Fame: (Submitted by bassist Ken Gray)
I got a rare shot to audition for one of the top female r&b singers in the country. I flew to Philadelphia from LA and nailed the audition even though the artist herself didn't hear me. I was told I had the job and it was ok to fly back to LA. Later the artist called me and wanted to hear me sing over the phone so I sang and nailed it again. The tour was mine! Four hours later I got a call saying that they needed someone to rehearse immediately in Philadelphia for the Jay Leno show, then start the tour. So due to time logistics I didn't get it - booo hooo.
5. Bad/Best Musician Joke: (submitted by lots of folks)
What do you call a musician who plays twice a month? Busy.
How do you know when a guitarist parks in a handicapped spot? There's a capo draped on the rear view mirror. When a drummer parks in a handicapped spot? There's a pair of sticks on the dashboard.
Pianist: "Did you hear my last recital"? Friend: "I hope so."
A guitarist goes to deepest Africa and hears constant distant drumming, so he asks what it means. "When drumming stops, bad thing will happen" he is told. The drumming still goes on and then finally stops. "What happens now?' he asks in terror. "Bass solo!"
How many drummers does it take to change a lightbulb? None, they have a machine to do that. How many female vocalists to screw in a lightbulb? Four, one to change it and 3 to pull the chair out from under her.
What's the difference between a jet and a heavy metal band? 3 decibels.
What's the definition of a minor second interval? Two soprano sax players reading off the same part.
What do you get when you play New Age music backwards? New Age music.
The difference between a drummer and a drum machine? With a drum machine you only need to punch the information in once.
Please, can you top these? We're running out of bad jokes. Submit at: news@MusiciansContact.com
Stay healthy through the holidays!
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