Might As Well... Enjoy The Stage... ๐Ÿ˜Š Or Find A Bigger Better One...  

Paulxx001 64M  
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8/16/2019 12:41 am

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Might As Well... Enjoy The Stage... ๐Ÿ˜Š Or Find A Bigger Better One...

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Last Saturday, I stood under a huge, old, maple tree and wiped the sweat, off my brow. I was about to watch a band, play in a small park... down by the marina.

The sun hadn't set yet. It was still hot and the air was thick. Even the breeze... coming in off the lake... wasn't helping much. I impatiently, looked at my watch. "If the music doesn't start soon , I'm heading, for a cooler place, to hang out," I thought to myself. I'm glad, I waited.

As a musician, I'll listen to music, with a critical ear. But... I'm also, extremely supportive, of young talent, that I see. It took me all, of about a minute - after the band started to play - to figure something out. That stage... was WAY too small... for them.

They , were a five piece, group of young musicians, who's skills, were finely honed. They were tight! What caught my ears, was their smooth and rhythmic style. Don't ask me to describe it. Perhaps... rock, meets jazz, meets reggae... meets Taylor Swift? I know; crazy, right?

Their complex vocals blended, perfectly with the lead and rhythm guitars. Their original tunes drifted seamlessly, between octaves and hauntingly beautiful chord progressions ; aided by the incredible, imagination of the keyboardist. And everything ... was held tightly, in place, with the solid backbone, of a (heart numbing) bass guitarist and... a fucking 'kick ass' drummer.

Sixty or seventy people (a cluster of sedated seniors), sat on folding chairs, in the grass, under the blaze of the setting sun - and listened. Or they tried to. Most fidgeted about; sipping bottled water or boxed juice. Some tapped their feet ; killing ants, perhaps?

I hung around and listened to the band's set. Afterwards, I spoke with some of the band guys... and girl, as they packed up. Turns out, somebody's dad, was on the town's entertainment committee and they called in a favour. They (the band), didn't really give a shit. The crowd and the venue wasn't theirs . But heck... the money was. They smiled, as I commiserated with them and wished them well.

Yeah... sometimes the stage, is just too small. Take this one... for instance. It's beat up and broken and fucked up, all over. Hardly anyone pays attention, to anything... except to the sound... of their own voice. But... you make do and smile... and just take it all in. It's just a place, to practise and blow off some steam; while perfecting, a point of view.

Now... if they, only paid you something. Nope. Ya gotta go, somewhere else... for that.


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Paulxx001 64M  
22478 posts
8/16/2019 12:44 am

Yep. That band, held my attention; that's for sure!
And this place?
Well... sometimes...

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sexyldy1000 61F  
9575 posts
8/16/2019 1:04 am

People love to complain about all the problems with this site and unwanted messages and comments, yet they continue to linger. Is there no alternative or does it just become too comfortable and it keeps them from going โ€˜out thereโ€™ in the real world?


jajo696 67F
4174 posts
8/16/2019 2:26 am

I think you hit the nail on the head.....life is all about adaptability. We endure, adjust, adapt or find an alternative. Yeah ..this stage is wayyyyy to small for some.....and just right for others. One of the goals in life is to find a workable situation or to somehow make it a workable situation. As you said...might as well enjoy the stage.

Look....you waited and enjoyed a wonderful show on your stage. Kudos ~~


luv2suk1966 61M/55F
1888 posts
8/16/2019 5:09 am

As a fellow musician, I completely understand being critical of every note I hear. Sounds like a fun night! I love it when I am pleasantly surprised!!

Have a great day, and be nice to one another.


mc_justmc 61M  
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8/16/2019 5:28 am

About 35 yrs ago, when I lived in Dallas, somebody got the great idea of setting up a small stage in the middle of a pasture and running power out there. They brought in lots of "has-been" bands like Jim Dandy, Pat Travers, etc. These small outdoor concerts were some of the best I've ever seen.


positively4you 72F  
4575 posts
8/16/2019 6:05 am

I like your analogy. Sometimes all we need is a little distraction from all the โ€œstuffโ€ in life. So, here, enjoy the less than perfect music then step over the vitriol.


Paulxx001 64M  
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8/16/2019 7:25 am

    Quoting sexyldy1000:
    People love to complain about all the problems with this site and unwanted messages and comments, yet they continue to linger. Is there no alternative or does it just become too comfortable and it keeps them from going โ€˜out thereโ€™ in the real world?
Yep... the Real world is a bit too scary... for most. Ya gotta think on your feet and be interesting... out there.

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Paulxx001 64M  
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8/16/2019 7:28 am

    Quoting jajo696:
    I think you hit the nail on the head.....life is all about adaptability. We endure, adjust, adapt or find an alternative. Yeah ..this stage is wayyyyy to small for some.....and just right for others. One of the goals in life is to find a workable situation or to somehow make it a workable situation. As you said...might as well enjoy the stage.

    Look....you waited and enjoyed a wonderful show on your stage. Kudos ~~
Anything is workable... if you have an imagination and you're equipped with a tools to make things happen.
The real world, requires some ingenuity that some... just ain't got.
This Place is nice and safe... for THOSE.

Yep.. they were a damn fine band. That's for sure!

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Paulxx001 64M  
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8/16/2019 7:30 am

    Quoting luv2suk1966:
    As a fellow musician, I completely understand being critical of every note I hear. Sounds like a fun night! I love it when I am pleasantly surprised!!
I'm not as critical of the notes as I am... of the interpretation of the notes.
Everyone sounds alike.... Imagination is what's missing.
It's always a trip... to hear something really fresh, isn't it?

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Paulxx001 64M  
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8/16/2019 7:31 am

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Howdy my friend. Keep on trucking! ๐Ÿ‘

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Paulxx001 64M  
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8/16/2019 7:33 am

    Quoting mc_justmc:
    About 35 yrs ago, when I lived in Dallas, somebody got the great idea of setting up a small stage in the middle of a pasture and running power out there. They brought in lots of "has-been" bands like Jim Dandy, Pat Travers, etc. These small outdoor concerts were some of the best I've ever seen.
True about those outta the way, shows!
Pat Travers... now THAT'S a band that kicked ass!

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Paulxx001 64M  
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8/16/2019 7:36 am

    Quoting positively4you:
    I like your analogy. Sometimes all we need is a little distraction from all the โ€œstuffโ€ in life. So, here, enjoy the less than perfect music then step over the vitriol.
I really get off on the fear factor... of actually connecting.... in the Real World.
What a rush... when it works.
And when it doesn't? I'll give it another shot.
Here? I'll just delete or do a Spell Check... Ya know what I mean?

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pocogato12 69F  
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8/16/2019 8:05 am

Complaining never really solves anything, does it , so relax and enjoy the show- it will go on with or without you

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Paulxx001 64M  
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8/16/2019 9:11 am

    Quoting  :

Oooo... You have eclectic tastes... Kool!
Yeah.. It's a lot of fun to catch a band... on the way up... ๐Ÿ˜Š ๐Ÿ‘
Now... if I could only Remeber the name of the band I saw. omg... lol ๐Ÿ˜‚
I wrote it down... somewhere... It was a really weird name. Damn! ๐Ÿค”๐Ÿ˜ฎ

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Paulxx001 64M  
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8/16/2019 9:26 am

    Quoting pocogato12:
    Complaining never really solves anything, does it , so relax and enjoy the show- it will go on with or without you
yior funnee

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Paulxx001 64M  
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8/16/2019 10:14 am

    Quoting  :

Music? hmmm ๐Ÿค” Yes!
True... about dealing with what you have. Especially, if you don't have a choice.
But we all... have choices?
It's the consequences, that we have to measure, don't we?

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Tmptrzz 59F  
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8/16/2019 5:19 pm

Bands in the park are always a fun and relaxing time. I am glad you enjoyed yourself. And I hope your weekend is just as joyful..

Seduce the mind and see what a wonderful adventure the body will take you on..


Paulxx001 64M  
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8/16/2019 5:47 pm

    Quoting Tmptrzz:
    Bands in the park are always a fun and relaxing time. I am glad you enjoyed yourself. And I hope your weekend is just as joyful..
They are fun, aren't they? Especially when they are good.
Have yourself a great weekend. ๐Ÿ‘ ๐Ÿ˜Š

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Annie_V 52F

8/17/2019 2:40 am

I love that you went and chatted with the band, most wouldn't but its the sort of thing I do.
You get what you put in , is how i feel. If I'm not happy with something and it is not important I just move on.
My grandmother taught me'Treat others as you want to be treated"
Its how I live and what I taught my kids. Its worked so far

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Paulxx001 64M  
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8/17/2019 5:36 am

    Quoting Annie_V:
    I love that you went and chatted with the band, most wouldn't but its the sort of thing I do.
    You get what you put in , is how i feel. If I'm not happy with something and it is not important I just move on.
    My grandmother taught me'Treat others as you want to be treated"
    Its how I live and what I taught my kids. Its worked so far
I always talk with the band. Having played in various ones for so long, I can relate to them in a spilt second and it takes them a second to figure out that I know what I'm talking about. It's so interesting to exchange a vibe with them. You know what I mean? ๐Ÿค”

Great words to live by... and it seems to have worked out for you. Great that your kids get it!
Thanks for sharing.
Were you ever a groupie of any band? I would have given you a set of my drum sticks.... lol Signed... of course... ๐Ÿ˜Š

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smartasswoman 64F  
35758 posts
8/17/2019 7:02 am

I love being unexpectedly surprised by a group. It's been happening a lot since I started volunteering for a music venue - I go in just to work tickets or concessions or whatever; check out the group and voila! A new band to follow.

It's much less frequent that I have that experience with a blog. But I have to admit that I don't do much browsing any more...I just try to keep up with the folks on my watch list.


Paulxx001 64M  
22478 posts
8/17/2019 7:15 am

Getting surprised by a band is a great treat , isn't it?
You do much less browsing ? Really...
I think I spend way too much time following random people. I've got to scale that back.
I've been told.... that there is a real world out there. Is that true ?

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Paulxx001 64M  
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8/17/2019 7:50 am

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Bands in the park are great... aren't they?
Yeah... tuba lady... never followed up on what her story was.
Rainy day here today. Gonna put on my rain gear and galoshes and head on out to explore the 'real world'... Maybe I'll run into trouble.
You ?
Loved your nat story ! lol.... You're such a baby !!! lol

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Paulxx001 64M  
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8/17/2019 9:45 am

    Quoting  :

I've played in bands for most of my life. I know what it's like when you're playing at the wrong venue with the wrong crowd.
We shared a few laughs... and it's always fun to talk 'shop' with a fellow musician.
You would have done the same... no ? I always like to speak with performers and find out where their heads are at.
Happy Saturday to you..... Pouring rain here. Gonna go and play in some puddles and get..... WET !
You ?

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Paulxx001 64M  
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8/17/2019 9:48 am

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Yeah.... I hate those little guys... lol
I'd actually prefer mosquitoes. At least you can avoid inhaling them.
You... keeping your mouth closed ? Come on... Who are you kidding ? lol

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scoupe42 58M  
13034 posts
8/18/2019 8:19 am

Paul, you always have good points and view s things. Another great blog!


1seeking1 56F
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8/18/2019 8:41 am

Thanks for sharing, yes all kind of hidden gems out there in the real world. Just takes a bit of curiosity and courage.


Paulxx001 64M  
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8/18/2019 9:58 am

    Quoting scoupe42:
    Paul, you always have good points and view s things. Another great blog!
Thanks...
Hope this day, finds you happy and enjoying it! ๐Ÿ‘

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Paulxx001 64M  
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8/18/2019 10:01 am

    Quoting 1seeking1:
    Thanks for sharing, yes all kind of hidden gems out there in the real world. Just takes a bit of curiosity and courage.
... just a little bit of curiosity and courage... True!
Hope you're enjoying the day! ๐Ÿ‘ ๐Ÿ˜Š

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pocogato12 69F  
37204 posts
8/19/2019 12:34 pm

Here is a surprise: Many Many Many moons ago I was a part of a jug band that went to coffee houses. My specialty was the songs and kazoo!! My favorite was "Washington At Valley Forge". If the audience didnt love us back- well we had to adjust our tune or move on LOL. We lasted three years until college grabbed our notes and played a new tune

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Paulxx001 64M  
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8/19/2019 12:55 pm

    Quoting pocogato12:
    Here is a surprise: Many Many Many moons ago I was a part of a jug band that went to coffee houses. My specialty was the songs and kazoo!! My favorite was "Washington At Valley Forge". If the audience didnt love us back- well we had to adjust our tune or move on LOL. We lasted three years until college grabbed our notes and played a new tune
Hmmm..... I did not know that... Sounds like fun! ๐Ÿ‘ ๐Ÿ˜Š
Did ya have any groupies? ๐Ÿค”
Did you perfect your autograph? ๐Ÿ‘Œ

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