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Musicians Contact Autumn Newsletter The Source For Jobs Since 1969 818-888-7879 from Sterling Howard, Founder/Owner

Need a player? Click "I have a job to offer" on our website. Need a gig yourself? Click "I'm an individual seeking work" on our website.


I hope everyone had a Happy Turkey Day as we enter into yet more holidays. Our newsletter is actually more of a place where we report what YOU think about various musical topics. We print YOUR thoughts for others to read. Consider our newsletter a forum to get your ideas heard by many musicians. We now have over 44,000 email addresses in our newsletter list, but with all the spam filters and blocking devices, we have no idea how many of you are actually receiving this. Let us hear from you so we'll know!

We need your input on how to increase live music, what`s right/wrong with live music today, why there are less jobs, is music getting better/worse, how can the pay scale be raised, etc. Give us your thoughts, solutions, gripes and comments so we can feature them in future newsletters. Submit at: Subject: News

Commentary from Sterling Howard:

We've been getting a number of inquiries as to how long the job listings are posted on our site and how we know when the job is filled. Here's how it works:

When a bandleader enters a request for a player for a job, the ad is automatically posted for 30 days, although he has the ability to cancel it sooner if he wants. Sometimes we edit a job listing to run shorter or longer than 30 days. For instance, a fill-in job for a date 5 days away is obviously canceled after 3-4 days.

Two weeks after a normal 30 day run, we send the bandleader an email asking if he still needs his ad. If the answer is positive, the ad is then posted again at the top of the current job list. We've always been a free service to bands who are offering a position, so if you need someone, log on and enter a free ad.

If you`ve never been a member with us and are wondering what all this talk is about, go to our homepage and click "Job Samples" to get more info. And click "Famous Clients" to read a history lesson and some humorous stories about our 37 years in this crazy business.

Unlike most Internet companies, we have a phone that is most always answered by a human. Since we were a telephone based business for 30 years before going online in 1998, talking on the phone comes naturally to us. If you can talk faster than you can type, call us at 818-888-7879.

Now for some fun, reach back into your memory and send us your fondest experience on any of the following topics. The best are printed in future newsletters. Here are the 5 categories:

1. Worst or Most Unusual Gig: This can be a job featuring you playing with a group, or it can feature your entire group.

2. Best Gig Ever: Self explanatory. Go ahead, but keep it honest!

3. Weirdest Audition: Again, this can be an audition you went to by yourself, or your entire band, but it must be...weird.

4. Closest Call To Fame: Most everyone has a story on how they got aced out of fame or fortune.

5. Bad/Best Musician Joke: You`ve heard plenty. Send us your newest or favorite oldie.

If you can't think of anything right now, email us when you remember something good. Submit at: Subject: Worst Gig, Joke, etc.

Worst Gig: (submitted by Pete Aven)

In 1997 I was playing around the Northeast with a Grateful Dead tribute. In the "dead" of winter we showed up for a gig in Binghampton, NY. There was a protest march going on outside the club. As we got closer I started seeing people carrying signs. I strained to read one - "Jerry Garcia is the devil!". They ranted and raved at us as we unloaded our gear. The cops had to show up to protect the band. Our crowd was dispersed, our gig sucked. I had to wonder if any of these people had ever actually listened to any Dead music, much of which is, vicariously, about the Almighty Power. I guess if they did, they didn't get it!

Best Gig: (submitted by Chuck E. Moss)

A musician friend called and asked if I would play at a New Year's Eve job. He said there was no time to practice with the band as time was getting short, but not to worry. I got to the job early and started setting up. One by one, all of the other band members arrived, introduced themselves to each other, and I then realized that NO ONE had ever played with anyone else before. To make a long story short, just the opposite happened of what you might think. We instantly came together like glue, got lots of tips, and were hired for tne next New Year's, which was the only additional time I ever played with these guys again!

Weirdest Audition: (submitted by Joel Maitoza)

In January of 1991 I was looking for a new band to join. I bumped into Jimi Hazel, (guitarist of 24-7 Spyz), at the NAMM show in Anaheim. I gave him my demo tape and phone number and requested if he ever heard of someone needing a drummer to please call me. Three nights after the show I got a call from him at 2am and he asked if I still needed a gig. "Playing for who?" I asked. "24-7 Spyz" he said! I told him I didn't have enough money to fly to New York to audition. Jimi told me to set up my drums and play 30 seconds of four Spyz songs from their first two albums over the phone. I did it, then got back on the line and was hired! Their manager called the next day and made arrangements to fly me to New York, and within a few days joined them on tour. I became a permanent member for 7 years.

Closest to Fame: (submitted by Jeff Fargus)

Going way back to 1978, I was a keyboardist who had just moved to LA and didn`t know a soul so I signed up with Musicians Contact. I got a call to go to a rehearsal studio in Hollywood. There were four guys dressed in black pants, white shirts, and skinny black ties. They never gave me a band name. They asked me to play some Beatles stuff, so I played several parts of different songs. They never played a note, but all nodded. One guy said he wasn't sure if they wanted a keyboardist in the band, but if they did, I was probably the guy. "Cool", I thought. I never heard from them again. Two weeks later I was in a record store and all over the store were plastered Capitol Records posters of "Get the Knack" with the band dressed exactly as they were during my audition. Guess they never added a keyboard player!

Jokes: (submitted by everyone...we gotta keep it short...there are always lots of these...)

What's the difference between a puppy and a singer? Eventually the puppy stops whining. Why do bands have bassists? To translate for the drummers. How do you know when a singer is at your door? They can't find the key. How many bassists are needed to screw in a lightbulb? None, the keyboardist does it with his left hand. What do a guitarist and a lawsuit have in common? Everyone is relieved when the case is closed. Two musicians are sitting in a car. Who's driving? The policeman. What is a relative minor? A country & western musician's girlfriend. The difference between a singer and a terrorist? You can negotiate with a terrorist. What does M.I.D.I. mean? Musician In Debt Instantly. Difference between guitarist and harmonica player? Guitarist can yell at the band during his solo. Difference between a bassoon and oboe? You can hit a baseball farther with a bassoon. And finally...A young boy says to his mom "When I grow up I'd like to be a musician". She says, "Now Tommy, you know you can't do both".

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Happy upcoming holidays, everyone!

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