The music business can definitely be a bitter place.
It can be so bitter that even a family member can steal, lie, and cheat you out of a gig.
Why is it that we have to cut people up and belittle them?
Why is it that when you finally get a gig folks want to cut into your program or cut you out?
Be happy and be proud when somebody gets a gig.
When you see a friend or somebody you might know who posts that he or she is playing a gig with a band write a nice comment to them in the comment section in the events section.
You can't play every gig.
But if you stay cool with everybody, then when everybody gets a gig and they may need you, everybody will call you.
No matter how bad things get with folks- You absolutely gotta keep your cool.
When things get real bad when I'm on different music projects, I just keep my mouth shut and talk inside myself and keep it bottled up because when you come back the next day Everybody's Cool- By keeping cool, I always get to keep all my jobs.
Music and the arts can be a very hard and vicious business- But you can make it full of fun and laughter and enjoyment.
Gosh, I used to have terrible anxiety problems for years, and now when I play a gig- I have the time of my life, and I do my best to have everybody having the time of their life.
You know, It's very hard on me to see that there's bitterness amongst different members of The Pittsburgh Jazz Network- That's not what the network is about- It's about connecting and supporting one another by attending each other's gigs and helping each other get gigs and helping each other when folks might feel bitter about the way things are going in their music career.
How can we help each other when things get bad or if unfortunately we might lose our cool?
Let's make The Pittsburgh Jazz Network a positive experience for everybody.
Finally, to end on a positive note- I just love the whole concept of what "Doc" Nelson has created with this Pittsburgh Jazz Network- I mean - Wow! I get to advertise for free on where I'm playing my gigs, what's happening with my Jazz Workshop, Inc. Programs, what's happening with all the bands I play with, I'm looking to play with other bands and wanting to teach private music lessons on the trumpet, etc.
So The Pittsburgh Jazz Network is about all of us working together to keep jazz alive in our classrooms, communities, and nightclubs.
Let's Keep Swinging!
Artistic Director/Jazz Workshop, Inc.
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