On Sat, 14 Nov 1998 01:19:51 -0500 Lorna LaVerne wrote:
> I told "Dougie" that I was trying to encourage "Johnny" to come to the session, if
>only to listen and enjoy a pint, whereupon "Dougie" replied, "'Johnny' doesn't do
>free gigs." I explained that it was a session, not a "gig," and that "Johnny"
>certainly knew the difference. It escalated from there... He pointed out that
>"Johnny" is a full time musician, "which tempers his desire to play/perform for
>free." Anyone care to comment? Lorna
Sounds to me like it's "Dougie" who probably doesn't know what a
session is (correct me if I'm wrong) and it was he who was speaking - not "Johnny".
Johnny may not yet be a write off. Keep pluggin' !!
Another point of view is that a "professional" musician may be very
knowledgable of his/her own limitations and may be a bit afraid to show up at a trad
session and not be able to keep up with the so called amateurs!!
In addition, I've always held the view that if you want people to come out
and see your performance you should take the time to go and see theirs as well. A
session is a great way for interested people to find out who's who. Johnny may be
a pro musician but he's not much of a salesman.