Isn't it amazing anyone plays in bands anymore?

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I might be a fool, but I predict a return to open venue shows being very popular. Live music is always more impactful than any studio recording and with people avoiding groups these days, attending an outdoor show is far more acceptable. Big Iron amps return and the fun along with it. Call it a nostalgia tour maybe, but I think it returns just like the drive-in theaters are starting to show up again.
 

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The lockdown showed that you can not suppress the will of the human race to connect with others at live events. Its been happening since the beginning of time and is ingrained in most of us. People love music and love getting out of their homes. Unless something crazy happens like a truly deadly pandemic, I see live music making a massive comeback in the next few years.
 

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I might be a fool, but I predict a return to open venue shows being very popular. Live music is always more impactful than any studio recording and with people avoiding groups these days, attending an outdoor show is far more acceptable. Big Iron amps return and the fun along with it. Call it a nostalgia tour maybe, but I think it returns just like the drive-in theaters are starting to show up again.

The lockdown showed that you can not suppress the will of the human race to connect with others at live events. Its been happening since the beginning of time and is ingrained in most of us. People love music and love getting out of their homes. Unless something crazy happens like a truly deadly pandemic, I see live music making a massive comeback in the next few years.

Agreed on both counts. There’s no replacement for live music events.
 

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Amazing? It certainly feels amazing, to play for an appreciative crowd. That's why we still want to do it.
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-and there will always be people, who like to get off the couch- even (gasp) leave the house.......
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On the other hand, last week I was in Stockholm. I went to a jazz jam in a club. The players were mostly in their early twenties and they were good. That place was packed. I sensed hope!

Almost any college or university with a music department will have some sort of "Jazz Studies Program". So there's usually a steady stream of fresh young jazz musicians. Real life will steer most of them to day jobs before they hit 30, there are many more jazz musicians than the small demand for jazz music can support.
 

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Almost any college or university with a music department will have some sort of "Jazz Studies Program". So there's usually a steady stream of fresh young jazz musicians. Real life will steer most of them to day jobs before they hit 30, there are many more jazz musicians than the small demand for jazz music can support.

Thats true, but kind of beside the point. I mean, most people that ever get involved with playing music in bands will not become pros. At least 99% will end up in day jobs.

This people were young and they are doing it!
 
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The internet era is so decadent that anyone laying on the couch can look up a video of a perfectly produced song with an MTV video featuring often model level attractive people. When you take that into account who's gonna care about what you do?
I still play in a couple of bands that play gigs around our area.
There is a VERY OLD saying when it comes to the Music Biz: It isn't about who you know, it's about Who Knows YOU!

I'll stop playing when they pry my Telecaster from my Cold, Dead, Fingers.
YEP!!!
 

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We still do it. People come out. All ages are dancing and enjoying the covers we play.
We love the experience with the audience. It cannot be replicated. We continue to rehearse and continually improve. When I was younger I was often amazed at how good a band could be. The harmonies. How tight they all were. It seemed un-achievable. Well many years together with the same band mates, continuing to push ourselves, it is happening. Ya gotta pay to play. Put in the time.



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I think there’s still hope for live music though. I have seen the reaction of some teenagers when they saw a great musician perform a Few feet away, really up close and personal without a PA or anything. Even jaded adults can be moved when they hear a good sax player blowing in a living room, perhaps at a party for example. The power and dynamic range surprises folks who just hear music on their iPad.

OK, so here's where I'm at..... Back in the 50's-90's before the internet local bands had A LOT more clout. You guys know this lol, a lot of you guys played in these bands. It's easy to play the devil's advocate when you personally got all the "advantages" back in the day and by that I mean $$$$ and women obviously. Crap, a bass player and backup singer who's kinda cute got laid 10x more back then compared to a live lead singer today lol.
 
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The internet era is so decadent that anyone laying on the couch can look up a video of a perfectly produced song with an MTV video featuring often model level attractive people. When you take that into account who's gonna care about what you do?
I just went to see Buddy Whittington at a place called Broncos Sports Bar and the place was packed. Buddy is possibly the only person I am more handsome and fit than. His band consist of old farts (possibly older and fartier than me) with a comical stage energy. They were handed a request to which they replied with a torrent of complaining and wise cracks that had the crowd in stitches. They asked the girl who had requested the song how it went and she was starting to sing they started playing along with her. “You can see how difficult this is going to be, right?” Funny scene. Went over great that night! Made me think there is still a need for live entertainment.
 

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OK, so here's where I'm at..... Back in the 50's-90's before the internet local bands had A LOT more clout. You guys know this lol, a lot of you guys played in these bands. It's easy to play the devil's advocate when you personally got all the "advantages" back in the day and by that I mean $$$$ and women obviously. Crap, a bass player and backup singer who's kinda cute got laid 10x more back then compared to a live lead singer today lol.
If you weren't there, how do you know? I'm not saying you're wrong, but...
 

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Ain’t nothing like playing in a band that’s firing on all cylinders! I’m 74+ years old, my rockin’ blues & classic rock band has gigged over 50 times this year, with 3 more scheduled in December. Small clubs, roadhouses, concert venues, indoors and outdoors. Live music and bands aren’t dead around here. Get your head out of your computer and come on out - you just might have some fun!

And, BTW, nothing improves your chops quicker than performing on stage before an audience, any audience, size doesn’t matter.

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Every age is a golden age - but it’s not always recognized as such until after the fact. Sometimes, long after.

Ask yourself: would you rather listen to a recording of Toccata and Fugue in D minor or hear it in person at the St. Thomas in Leipzig? (Where Bach served as music director, 1723-1750) (Mozart also gigged at this church and Wagner was baptized here) (I digress).

Incidentally, there wasn’t a written record of that amazing work until the 1800’s. The full extent of Bach’s genius not exactly recognized until much later - and now? What, no videos with model level attractiveness?

If you are a musician or just a 33-year old guitar player who apparently can’t get laid, the difference between live music and Music videos shouldn’t be difficult to recognize. It’s no contest.

Sure, mediocre live music is still mediocre.

But when it’s happening and glorious, it’s one of the finest things that humans can do, regardless of genre.

All music is dead, unless it’s live - and it’s up to you, Cher colleagues, to make it happen.
 




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