I'll be 60 in October.
Congratulations on making the decision, and enjoy playing music. I'm 62 this June, and maybe I see the writing on the wall: I just renewed my web site hosting contract for three more years instead of five. Hmmmm.
Where is all the young talent coming from to replace folks like you and Mr. Parker (among many other who are not getting any younger). We have this same problem in my day job, where succession planning is oft overlooked.
I've heard some stories about issues with the younger ones replacing us. They have not learned that our business is service, and as such, you focus on pleasing the people that you serve. It's not about me. One of the clubs I worked often didn't like sound checks, and one of the younger guys replacing me insisted on running pink noise while patrons were in there eating. Then never ending tom checks. I would go in and get the band started with my saved settings and then dial everything in on the fly. Mute the mains and let them get a bit of a monitor check, then quiet again until showtime.
I'm not seeing many young folks doing this stuff at all, and those I do see don't seem to have much clue as to what they ARE doing..
I was thinking about the retirement aspect VERY HARD as I took the 3-hr drive to my gig last Sat afternoon - way out East Texas way (I live in DFW). I was playing (not doing SR), but the gig went great. We finished by 11. Tore down, loaded PA into trailer and were out of there by midnight. It was still a 3-hr drive home, so I got in around the usual time on a Sunday am. Getting too old for those kind of drives!! I love the playing, but the driving sure sux! It was kinda interesting watching the band leader RTA the PA for an outdoor gig.. !
I would hate that too. Luckily, I live on an island which is only 26 miles wide - half an hour at most to get home from gigs!Steve.
Where in East Texas was it? I live/work near Tyler. If you're ever in the area drop me a PM or email.
Tommy, we were playing the Wildflower Festival out in Hughes Springs..
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