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Re: BAY AREA new music scene
At 1:29 PM -0700 4/10/06, firstname.lastname@example.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.
>Cultivate a serene smile--if nothing else, it will utterly mystify your
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.
David Gans - email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org
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