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Re: BAY AREA new music scene

At 1:29 PM -0700 4/10/06, johnsrude@peak.org wrote:
>  > I had a nasty and humiliating experience in Berkeley a few years ago
>>  when Henry Kaiser and John Oswald invited me to participate in a
>>  noise-type event.  my guitar playing was way too pretty and
>>  conventional for the context, and I wound up feeling kinda stupid by
>>  the time it was over.
>Sounds like you got the attention but not the approval. ;-)
>Don't worry about it.  That scene didn't work out.  Try another scene.  If
>that scene doesn't work out and the one after that, then maybe that whole
>scene isn't for you. Time to try a way different scene.

Oh, I got over it.  

>When I was learning my chops, my motto used to be that any jam I didn't 
>asked to leave was a success.

HA!  Good one.

>Sounds like you have the chops just not the scene where they're welcome.

I didn't have the chops for that scene.

>Nobody can put you down without your permission.

True, that.

>Cultivate a serene smile--if nothing else, it will utterly mystify your
>enemies. :-)


Ultimately it cost me nothing but the esteem of a couple of musicians 
I haven't crossed paths with since.  I remain friendly with Henry, 
and we play together from time to time in more appropriate contexts. 
And if you know Henry Kaiser, you know he's extremely versatile - and 
by the way, not the kind of person who would have intentionally 
thrown me into a situation where I didn't belong.


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