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Jazz sick days

Posted by keithosaunders on November 15, 2013

As I mentioned in my previous post the past two years has been a boom time for me. I keep waiting for the work to slow down but improbably it continues. It has been my credo to take most any gig offered – that is to say I will not turn down work merely to allow myself a day off. Of course a gig has to pay a minimum amount, but this being the jazz business if I told you what that amount was, suffice it to say you would be shocked. And not shocked in the way you would be if you learned what Johnny Depp pays his accountant. Let’s just say if I told you I’d probably have to kill you.

But the thing about being freelance is there are no sick days. I’ve played gigs with fevers colds, flus, and thrown backs. (Have you ever played a thrown-back gig? HAVE YOU?!) If you cancel the gig, which of course is the sensible thing to do, you’re not guaranteed that you will make up the salary down the line. On the other hand, if you employ warrior mentality and solider on, you could end up prolonging your illness.

This week I was sick with a bad cold and I ended up sitting the difference. After giving my students the option of canceling on Tuesday (which they declined) I ended up canceling my Wednesday night gig and a Thursday afternoon lesson, retaining my Thursday night gig which actually paid well. Now I feel fit as a fiddle for my weekend gigs. Just don’t hug me.

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Annnnnd I’m back

Posted by keithosaunders on November 10, 2013

March 12th, 2011 is the date of my last post.   What happened to me? First of all my laptop died rendering me without a keyboard.  In addition, I have experienced the greatest surge in business in my life and am now gigging 5-7 nights a week, in addition to teaching.  Lest you begin to think that I have become a one percenter let me remind you that this is the music business we’re talking about – specifically the jazz business.  I remain, albeit happily, ensconced in my 500 square foot apartment with hot and cold running   pretzels.

So how about those republicans?  Since I’ve been away they’ve managed, through their batshit crazy hijinx, to put themselves in a position where it will be damn near impossible to win a national election.  But conservatives need not despair for the Democrats have become the new Republicans.  Data mining, wiretapping, and endless war will see to it that we the people remain in a constant state of subservience to the conservative ideal.

On the music front the scene has devolved into asking friends, family, and strangers for handouts to fund  projects such as recording dates, concerts, and by virtue of the tip jar, club gigs.  And it’s not just music I’m referring to.  I’m getting ready to kickstart a project to dress my dog in authentic period clothing of La Belle Époque.  It’s out of control!

In sports replay is all the rage.  How we, as a society were able to endure over 100 years of World Series without definitive proof of the accuracy of umpires calls is beyond me.  No matter, baseball, with its inevitable move to instant replay is hell-bent on sucking the final iota of soul that remains in this once proud game.  Any sport that boasts Joe Buck as its number one announcer would have problems, even sans McCarver.  The addition of interminable booth reviews to the 2014 season could be the tipping point to this fan’s tolerance of post season ball.  The thought of Buck having an additional 20% of air time to fill is horrifying to say the least.

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