So my buddy and I were offered a private party gig because of our age. The guy's wife was turning 70 and he wanted musicians around that age. Two acoustic guitars and blues is what we do as a duo. We can do a night of danceable music, not a problem,.. we said OK. The guy never heard us btw. Then came the text requests, Jimmy Durante, "Young at Heart" and they have a 73 year old belly dancer who does a thing to "Black Magic Woman", would we play the song for her? Oh, and "My Generation" by The Who. Oh, and could we rehearse w/ the belly dancer this week? Well, certainty I can play those songs if I had to, I've played BMWoman in the very distant past, I guess 'My Generation' is doable on acoustics, might be fun. it's a $300 gig. $150 a piece, I tote the PA. Late Saturday night my duo partner's house got hit by lightening. Burnt a corner of the structure, fried the home electronics and they can't stay in the house. Gig's this coming Saturday. He's up to his eyeballs in all dat, stressed, some equipment issues from the fire, etc. And I've been thinking, damn I'm too old to want to be someone's juke box/karaoke machine. We do a thing and it's not that. So after talking w/ my buddy, an hour ago I emailed the guy and said we couldn't do the gig this Saturday, very sorry, unforeseen circumstances of the house fire and consequences of, we just can't and gave and him a friend's number. I've not taken gigs but I don't recall cancelling a gig I'd said I would do. Even with the offer of more $$s from another gig.