Good Times With The Hummingbird Brigade, And (of course)…What’s Next?

lim2Hello, good morning, and welcome to the Saturday Morning News Post!

As the title would suggest, the July 14th show at the Cellar was a success. Thank you to everyone who came out to support us, it was incredibly rewarding to have such a great audience!

And not only did we have a sell-out crowd but the band played the music beautifully. And despite being extremely taxing on the brass players, our recording session earlier that day seemed to really help as a “second rehearsal” of sorts; making the concert that much tighter.

Of course, as soon as the concert was over, people were asking “What’s next?!” and wouldn’t you know,… I didn’t know. Although I often tell other artists about the importance of having shows to look forward to and tell people about,… I was so busy getting ready for the July 14th show that I couldn’t really plan any further ahead in terms of more concerts.

Sooo, let’s see… the next thing for me to do is wrap up my final recording for McGill, due at the end of next month, and send my final report to the Canada Council for the Arts as well. After that,… it’s time to get on that “electrojazz” train; I’ll start by assembling a few musicians to try out some music, try out a few things and then,…(sigh),… set a damn date to play it in public.

Now, it would be great to just rehearse and rehearse until things were feeling really awesome and then start playing shows but, most happening musicians don’t want to rehearse your project for 2 reasons:

1. Nobody cares about your project as much as you do. No matter how good the songs are, no matter how much the other musicians like what you’re doing, they don’t care about it as much as you do,… they just don’t. It’s not their baby.

2. Time is money. Musicians have to keep as busy as possible just to pay the rent, they can’t really afford to drive out from the burbs again and again for your project. They’d be happier figuring out the music on the gig, even if the gig doesn’t pay that much.

I know this because I usually feel the same say when I get called as a sideman. So the answer I suppose is to just get more gigs.

But for now,… back to my ‘impact report’ for the Canada Council For The Arts. Ah, so much to do.

Thanks for reading and have a terrific week everyone! jd1

(above photo by Vincent Lim)