Re: [Harp-L] Reality check?
Another excellent observation.
As a creative musician, I've always wanted to do what I want to do and
looked down on those "oldie" reproduction shows. However, this past summer I got
to partake in a wonderful free concert series in St. Augustine Beach (I
provided sound reinforcement with two BOSE systems) and witnessed the phenomenon of
the oldies, especially with a great band of musicians calling themselves "The
Falling Bones", led by Rick Levy, who books a few oldies reunion bands and
was music director for Herman's Hermits. "The Falling Bones" specialize in
rock from the late 60's including a lot of Rolling Stones pre-Satanic Majesty's
Request era. The crowds just loved this - the crowds being 50 years old and
up mostly. Watching those older ladies dancing and singing to the music while
in their minds they were young again is a real trip and treat. It was here
that I really was impacted by the fact that, beyond what I wanted to play or
hear as an ARTIST, was a large crowd of baby boomers with a bit of disposable
income (at least until about 2 months ago) who just wanted to be happy for a
night and revisit their past.
I used to look down on those Jimmy Buffet imitation bands, too, but not any
more. In today's crazy world, there is nothing wrong with making people happy
as an end in itself and putting the self involved ARTIST to one side (for a
bit) and becoming a part of it. So what if I have to play "Mustang Sally" or
"Brown Eyed Girl" for the 10,000 time.
In a message dated 11/24/2008 11:48:09 A.M. Eastern Standard Time,
Or play what most people like and play
more often and make more money. I love playing blues but it really isn't
what most people want a steady diet of. What I have found is people want to
dance and sing to oldies that they remember from the past. Now this is not
necessarily for the young people, except for fraternity parties, but for the
most part the older people have more money and can afford to hire you for
private events, fundraisers, anniversary's, birthday's, retirement etc. kind
of parties. And they will pay more than bars.
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