Can Ya Loan Me Two Dollars . . . I Want To Get A Beer

As most of ya’ll know, I Facebook obsessively. This past week I saw an interesting thing posted about Indie Music and music & musicians in general. One of the things I like about Facebook is that you can get some sense of what’s resonating by how many times you see it shared and reposted. The thing that caught my attention was an article by a Los Angeles jazz musician about the scarcity of paying gigs in LA. The article about the lack of paid gigs was posted on my band page at Facebook and immediately got multiple Likes. Hell, everybody thinks musicians ought to get paid more, and I’ll admit, I like that idea myself. Here’s where we get to meet the Devil that is always present in the details. I can’t honestly comment on what a Jazz combo should be paid since I don’t play jazz. Being a performing songwriter is rarely ever about trading X amount of songs for X amount of dollars. If this were strictly about a payday I could always work up four sets of acoustic middle of the road standards and hit the road doing the Holiday Inn circuit six night stands playing my guitar and singing to disinterested audiences in exciting locales like Conway, Arkansas. However since it’s not just a payday for me, rather like some weird obsession I can’t seem to quit, I guess the Holiday Inn Corp. will have to carry on in my absence. I have a few different things I look at when I’m considering whether or not a venue is worth what I’m being paid and...