If last week's lesson was controversial when I thought it wouldn't be...
...this week's lesson is garnering widespread agreement when I assumed there'd be controversy.
So what's everybody agreeing with? What did I think would be so "controversial"?
As the subject of this email suggests, this week I delve autobiographically into the challenges of Getting Jazz Gigs.
My own story, when it comes to getting gigs, is one of failure with the conventional means breeding success with the unconventional one.
As such, I can look back on my early years with humor and fondness, when, at the time, they were a daily stressor.
Many folks who've followed the channel can probably infer a lot about that story arc...
I'm obviously a jazz drummer.
I'm obviously not as skilled as Eric, Marcus, or Ari...
...and here I am, playing on the internet. Not too many dots to connect 😛
But in the lesson, I try to use my journey as the anchor point to examine some larger phenomena that were happening to the scene as I came up.
I mean - we lived through the death of the music industry as-we-knew-it, and the birth of the internet.
Who's really surprised it was f$%#d up?
Anyway, I give you This Week's Lesson.