Always a problem with figuring out whether a performer wants you to comp or be the time keeper. These days I might ask. I backed James Caan once for some "3/4 blues" but it was more like "3/4 1 and 7/8s". :-D

On 10/30/2014 11:49 AM, [FairfieldLife] wrote:

That is so badass I can hardly stand it. I didn't know that about you. Guys like Lighting just went where they felt like it whenever they wanted. I miss some of the raggedy irregularity of those guys. Can't imagine backing him though!

---In, <noozguru@...> wrote :

Here's someone I once giged with though a bit of a nightmare for any drummer as he tended to drop beats. :-D

    On 10/30/2014 10:37 AM, nablusoss1008 wrote:

That would be one weird film :-)

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---In <>, <noozguru@...> <mailto:noozguru@...> wrote :

Now I wonder what Nabby would think of your music if David Lynch decided to use a cut of it in a film? ;-)

On 10/30/2014 08:17 AM, curtisdeltablues@... <mailto:curtisdeltablues@...> [FairfieldLife] wrote:

    What happened to the guy who said that the conversation was over
    from your side? I guess you are seeking some closure you haven't
    gotten yet. Let's see if I can help.

    <> <> wrote :

    You claim you produce art.

    M: I claim that my music is my art. I make living as a musical
    artist. Because you erroneously conflate this with me saying I
    make life changing, ground breaking, masterful, mind blowing,
    art you have contrived something to criticize me for beyond
    offering your personal opinion about a video you saw. I simply
    say that this is MY art. It is how I represent my inner life
    into a form of sound that is shared with others. The people who
    pay me to perform it and who buy my CDs like it, I acknowledge
    that you have weighed in that you don't like the videos you saw
    of my performance, and most people say :" Who?"

    N: I claim you produce noise

    M: What aspect of this point do you think I have missed? I get
    it, you have an unfavorable opinion about a video you saw.
    Check. Message received. You seem to be looking for a different
    outcome than me recognizing your opinion. Do you think perhaps I
    might use your opinion to stop working in this field? Do you
    think with your feedback I will change my musical focus, take up
    the violin perhaps?

    I have enjoyed this chat as a writing prompt for considering
    this public job I do. What you don't seem to realize, as you
    strive to influence me with your opinion, is that before I ever
    stand in front of other people to judge my art, I have already
    spent countless hours passing the audition of my toughest
    critic, me. Any performing artist spends 99 per cent of his or
    her time alone mastering their art to their own satisfaction. I
    play the way I like, that is why I am at peace with people who
    don't like it. Of course I don't usually hear from them so this
    has been a bit of an opportunity for reflection and I thank you
    for that.

    And despite your persistently curmudgeonly view of my work, I
    get a lot of positive feedback because I put on excellent shows.
    I work hard at it like most conscientious people in their jobs
    and I get the job done. Performing is a weird line of work in
    that your job performance review is simultaneous to you doing
    the job. But even if audiences took your POV and rejected my
    music, I would still be playing it this way. I would just not be
    getting paid for it! Like most people with a desire to express
    themselves through art,  I would only perform for myself and
    whatever girlfriend I was torturing with my music at the time.
    The positive or negative feedback from other people doesn't
    change an artist's need to express their inner life the way they do.

    You don't seem to understand this fact about artists. So instead
    you are caught up in a world of thinking your harsh statements
    should affect me in some way. Art doesn't come from that place
    you can reach with your words. It isn't sustained by people
    appreciating what an artist produces. Artists live in the world
    beyond all the rise and fall of outer opinions. Many great
    artists were only appreciate after their death, Robert Johnson
    included. He was not popular in his day. He was struggling till
    the day he died.

    That is one of the many reasons I devote my life to bringing the
    gift of the arts into schools. It is a gift of self expression
    that can infuse a life with meaning and beauty. So I accept your
    opinion, but reject your view of art as an elitist activity for
    a certain few who are deemed (who deems them again, you?) worthy
    of using the word art. You are on the wrong side of the hater
    fence Nabbie. Not about my music, you are welcome to your
    judgement, but about the concept of how the activity of
    producing art at any level enriches the human spirit. It exists
    way beyond the ability for you to influence. It would enrich
    your own life if you could step out of the judgmental cage of
    your greatness-or-nothing view.

    N: and that your ego is out of control. It's not complicated.

    M: Here you are just being silly and trying to be mean. It is
    complicated. I have a realistic view of where my artistic
    contributions fit into the history of my genre. Do you know who
    is the most humble concerning their own musical talent and
    Robert Johnson's greatness? The guy who  plays his music  every
    day with respect and wonder that such an artist might be
    forgotten in this generation.

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