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Branson News-July 2013

Posted on July 16, 2013
The Patsy Cline Remembered show contiunes at the IMAX comples at 9:00 am.  I am still playing keys, flute, clarinet, and also key bass with my left hand.  Busy, but lots of fun.  Check my other post about moving to a new theater next year.  I am also enjoying playing Bari with the Ozark Mountain Saxophone Band.  Check my post under news for upcoming dates and times.
Have you heard some live music lately?  Hope so.  Make sure you tell them thank you for playing.  If you know who hired them, thank them too.  We don't want to lose the ability to hear live music. 

Playing A Show Again

Posted on March 25, 2013
It has been a pleasure to play piano and horns in the Patsy Cline Remembered show in Branson.  Practicing and listening to other players is nice, but playing for an audience is hard to beat.  We have a very fine band that is fun to listen to.  I enjoy being around other musicians who enjoy playing their instruments.  The interplay between parts is what brings me the most enjoyment. 
It is also nice to be in an all "live" band.  No tracks here.  Just pure live music being played by "breathing" musicians.  Some of us better breathers than others, but at least we are breathing.  No, not every performance is perfect, but that is what playing live is all about.  I find it a challenge to try to play well everytime I turn the keyboard on.
I urge you to be a patron of live music whenever you can.  Paying a cover charge or a tip is appreciated, but positive comments from the audience can make a performance special.  


Posted on October 5, 2012
Fraud.  What is it?  Would you know it if you saw/heard it?  Think about advertised LIVE MUSIC.  Did you go hear the live music?  Was it really live?
I must admit I cheat with my one man act.  I play horns (live) to pre-recorded tracks.  When I advertise myself I make sure to say I use recorded tracks.  It is quite obvious when when see my act.  I do arrange and record all my own tracks.  Does it bother you that sometimes we cheat like this?  I do it for simplicity reasons.  It is alot of work, but I have the skills to do it.
I live in a place where they advertise the LIVE MUSIC CAPITAL OF THE WORLD.  What does that mean to you?  I would say, "there are five musicians on the stage and all are playing their instruments".  There is no recorded music at all.  No background tracks to "sweetin the sound".  If you only see a rhythm section and also hear horns, something is not right.  Is that FRAUD?  [...]
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Life as a musician #4

Posted on March 2, 2012
For all you prospective teachers and professional musicians:
I learned a lesson even in my old age this week.  It hurts when you yell at your ensemble members.  I try not to as a leader be too "pompus", but I know there have been times I failed at that attempt.  Once at church and once at a local rehearsal, I was the brunt of some unkind words.  Boy did that hurt.  Bascially I was doing my job and pow it happened.
I encourge you to measure your words carefully and treat others as you would want to be treated.  This experience has made me evaluate my approach as I teach and play with others.  As leaders we can always improve our teaching and rehearsal methods.  Good luck as you try to "fight the war".

Life as a musican-#3

Posted on October 20, 2011
Been awhile since I imparted any wisdom, so here goes.  Why do so many folks want us to play for free?  Do you call a plumber, and then ask him/her to work for free?  Can you get your car scoped at the dealership for free?  Probably not.
Of course there are charity events we all support.  Many of us play for free at our churches.  Maybe we have become a nation where everything is supposed to be free.   I suggest that if you want music for free, turn on the radio.  Build a nice band stand, put a radio up there and turn it on.  I wonder if anyone would really "get it". 
How about using tracks in your performance. Come to think of it, some "live shows" are even doing it now.  If you come to Branson, don't be suprised if you look around the theater for a band and don't see one.
I must admit I also cheat.  I have a solo act and I use tracks for my backgrounds.  I don't try to hide it like some do.  [...]
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