D. Slam wrote:
Ted, they're not bad by any means...
Some of these groups be trippin... They play cover tunes
and they don't want any exposure... I don't get it!!??
What's to steal?
Or do they just lack confidence in their
own ability as a band:?:
Thats a good question Neph. D!
I asked the same question with the Guild of Sound here in Atlanta. I mean every (EVERY) member of the group was an accomplished musician. Yet we all had day jobs focusing our endeavors on the "sure" and not the "speculative."
This may (or may not) apply, but the breakdown of The Guild from 2003 until 2007 was as follows. The point is to highlight the "sure," and not the "speculative:"
1.Geoff McBride - lead vocals; formerly with Arista Records; now another contract in TN;
2. Mark Copeland - lead guitar; vocals and anesthegiolist;
3. Steve Freeman - lead guitar; Director and instructor for Camp Jams/USA - youth oriented;
4. David Scott - keyboards; working heavily with local gigs and churches in ATL;
5. Rudy Vaugh Brannon - sax/woodwinds - now an artist in his own right having won the Hard Rock Battle of the bands and opened for Dave Matthews Band and Bruce Springsteen in London/England;
6. Don Klayman - bass guitar - computer programmer and solution provider for medical firms;
7. John Sussewell - drums/percussion - electrical engineer; minister of the Gospel; former Federal agent (DHS/FEMA) and catalyst for positive confluences;
Sadly, the Guild of Sound is past now; yet I'll share that whenever we got together, it was all about the MUSIC. No one sought to "stand out" as if anyone's role was the primary one. Our work ethic was honed out of desire and folks appreciated the fruit of our labor because of it. We're not together today because somehow music was not as important as what is really in our core - as a UNIT. Hence the "Guild:"
Guild/noun: an organization of persons with related interests, goals, etc., especially one formed for mutual aid or protection.
There were never any squabbles about how we should do what we did; it was always about families and taking care of first things first. That tune "Conception" was written by Steve Freeman and performed during a benefit concert in Atlanta for a recovering cancer patient (January 16, 2006) in remission.
Those who are blessed to play music only for a living are TRULY blessed in my view. Yet many don't have that privilege these days (daze). Most have to work for someone else for a living. [something I'm still dealing with these daze - simply because too many want to kill dreams and I'm about LIFE beyond familial or familiar borders!]. Yet again, many aren't blessed with the "support" mechanisms willing to be leveraged toward a common good - and that competitively [and I don't get paid for my service/ministry when asked to pastor simply to collect tithes and offerings.]
True confidence and courage is to recognize when we're Blessed, rather than fall back into the doldrums of self - imposed separatist movements; and not recognize what others are seeking to produce when their fruit is taken for granted.
I'm sorry if I come across "preaching" most times. I don't mean to be on a soap-box. It's just that Music is me and I'm entwined in the threads of this tapestry toward a composition (and not rug to be walked on). In my view, music brings out very sensitive emotions among those motivated (and skilled) to play it properly. It only takes the first impression to understand the opinions. It takes a careful listen and review to understand the causes and effects.
Selah (consider this) everyone. As DSlam also says, make sure you bring your best to the forefront - I take that as being Prepared for any contingency and the people you will meet along the way.