“If you don’t hustle your gonna get stomped” – Herb
Over the past 10 years, I have met and performed music with many musicians and different types of people. Most of everyone is there to have fun and be supportive of each other. In music, sometimes musicians will join in on one another’s band; also known as sitting in. This is were respect can get confusing. On one side of the coin some people see respect as jumping in without any permission. Then sometimes there are several members of the band that would like you to jam but the manager or leader have the final say. Personally I’m bias. As a horn player it is a lot easier to join in. But I have seen them all: the band member that somehow can’t see possibly how the trumpet will work with their music, the band members that vibe when you play one off note or out off time, the band member the says they’ll invite you then forgets, and many more like this. The majority of the time it is best to jump and perform if you like the the music. Obviously if you are at Red Rocks in Colorado, your not gonna just jump in without asking.
No pain no gain
One time I learned about giving it my all was in Colorado. A band member from our band Diabolical Sound Platoon had set up an evening event with a local brew pub to do a weekly series of revolving music and comedy. The series was a called TGIF. Thank God It’s Friday. My band mate asked me if I would organize a show at TGIF with my funk band Bootyconda. So instead of hiring the usual band I reached out to my favorite funk musicians in town to come together and perform the show. Friday came and I had an accident. Somewhere in my back or neck was a pinched nerve or something and made playing pretty much impossible along with breathing and laying down. There was two choices.
1. Don’t play the show for physical health problems.
2. Play the show and then rest.
I went with option 2. And throughout the night I went from moments of euphoria from playing music to moments of crippling pain from when my body responded to the back pressure of playing trumpet. I would go for high notes and if any part of my body tensed severe pain would follow and stop me from playing music. I made it through the gig and was so relieved. I know it’s right to listen to your body and in this instance I really pushed my limit and showed dedication for the craft and the musicians who came to perform that night.