Friday, April 4, 2014
Many of our beloved musicians can't find a job after returning from the road or retiring from the bar scene. Is this how we treat our artist citizens? The path to reintegration into society after a tour or a long stint in a sleazy bar is a difficult one.
After years of dedication to their craft, musicians and road crews gain useful skills that businesses need - stomp box repair, microphone testing, barmaid selection; just to name a few.
Many of our homecoming artists have served their time playing music not of their choosing. Some of them carry memories of traumatic experiences: smelly motel rooms, lousy food, poor acoustics, drunk people, lack of privacy, unsightly laundry services, bad attitudes - the list goes on and on.
These men and women aren't asking for a parade or a pitiful hand-out (a substantial hand-out might do). They just want the recognition of a job well done; the applause and the groupies aren't enough. So, if you see a musician walking the street because the mid-west tour made barely enough money to pay for itself, please give him a job. You'll be glad you did. There's nothing like having someone that can do a spot-on Mick Jagger imitation on your crew; or who can tune your guitar in under a minute. They might also know the best places for happy hour or an extended lunch.