Newsletter by Greg Henry Waters April 2008
Well, I cannot get this phrase out of my head so I thought I would send you a few thoughts on the subject.
“Paul Litrenta said that there isn’t anything greater in life then playing with a great band. It is the greatest feeling in the world.”
Now for the
working musician in NYC, well the music work is so difficult and so demanding
on so many different levels that for a musician to have fun Is almost
impossible! He has to practice, which to me is the biggest problem for
how do you practice if so few gigs, besides earning a living and keeping a high
standard. For this is what NYC is all about having the standards of the
world here. Do the club owners or politicians care about us? I hardly
think so. Can musicians have fun in this atmosphere? Having
returned from my ‘
Steve Little said to me one day many years ago, play music, “I haven’t played music in 25 years.” Steve is and was a very busy studio percussionist. Being a composer I have always had this same feeling when do I get a chance to play real music created for that purpose only? I gave up my performing career to compose music and be creative in the purest since for the music only and not for a job or assignment. Well, now I can listen to my music on my mp3 player which I could never do many years ago. But will my music ever reach the public?
It has been
my experience many musicians have been into drugs and drinking. This has
hurt my career for example because if you do not join the power group you do
not get work. Whether it is a working group of musicians or a drug click
of some kind! I experience this both in
Do musicians have fun? Ask yourself this. How about showing up on a gig with the piano in one key on the top end of the piano and the lower part at another pitch! Do musicians have fun? And the owner of the club cannot understand why you cannot use the piano.
I was speaking with another saxophone player after the rehearsal and in the middle of my sentence he says he has to check out the piano. Why was I speaking to him was my question? Social customs are sometimes forgotten when one deals with musicians. I was working at a hotel and the band leader said I could bring my family up on the week-end so I did. But what he forgot to tell me that lunch was 50 dollars. So I packed up my things and went home with my wife and kids.. By the way I think I was only making 50 dollars plus I had breakfast and lunch to pay for. What a way to get free music!
When I was
All we try
to do is create joy and happiness for others and all we get in return is very
little except what Paul Litrenta said. “
I am speaking almost mostly about the free lance musician who plays jazz, studio music and club dates. Drugs are kind of out of style now and not apart of the life like I experienced in the 70’s and 80’s when I was a very active performer.
Topic Two: Health
I am 65 now an at retirement age. Now we have to take extra care of ourselves because of health problems. I can no longer run around like I use to. I have to be careful and get plenty of rest. Also I take a lot of vitamins and medicine everyday which I really do not like.
So if you are 40 or older you have to take a good look at your eating habits and health issues because the body does not grow at the same rate as it did. It is almost like the body is going into reverse and our health is moving backwards into a negative direction.
What really worries me is the control our medical system has over us and the money they charge for their service and the cost of medicine. I really do not understand how musicians were kept out of the loop when it comes to quality music and quality pay. I ran into an old President of Local 802 and I asked him if he was still performing and he said, “no, I am working on health care.”
With so much research now about our bodies science has a much better access to the needs of our body. Remember, that the body and the soul are two different things and function on two levels, one the physical and the other spiritual. One can have a spiritual body with a very poor physical presents and vice versa. So we have to take care of both sides of the equation not just one or the other.
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Well, folks, to conclude this newsletter I would like to say. I am so sick of the Presidential election.
Are we really this stupid in our country? How can we listen to this day after day?
Bush is the biggest self promoter I know. We destroyed Iraq. Who is going to take responsibility for this? We are in deep trouble with that part of the world.
Sex and politics, it is a natural drive we all have to deal with. When are we going to grow up as a nation? Lincoln and Franklyn both went to prostitutes, what hypocrites we are when it comes to this subject.
Anyway, just a few thoughts: Sincerely, Greg Henry Waters