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re: Scary Situations

At 07:38 PM 4/11/2006, Rick wrote:
>A young man walked up to me in the middleof the song as I was 
>juggling the loops (warning sign already)
>and said.   "I dig your beatboxing",   I"m a rapper,  could I do a 
>piece with you?...
>It was really pretty ugly quickly and I just gave up and beatboxed 
>until the festival leaders aske me to quit playing (half an hour 
>earlier than I was supposed to).

This is totally Monday morning quarterbacking and I wasn't there but 
if something like that happened to me, I think I would develop 
equipment trouble.  Especially if there's a sound guy.  When the 
sound guy came over, I'd quietly ask him to go get Security.  When 
the cavalry arrived (okay, a fat guy in black with a walkie-talkie) 
I'd say something like, "Gee, I'm sorry it didn't work out for you 
all.  Catch you later, okay?"  The sound guy, the security guy and 
you would probably be enough to convince people to go.  But then 
there's teardown and the guys waiting in the parking lot.  Oh, 
heck.  That's a time when it pays to have friends.  Big 
friends.  Biker friends.  Who don't like hiphop.

>I, unfortunately,  have experienced similar situations a couple of 
>times since then enough to have developed the prejudice that 
>freestyled rappers are the most aggressive and insensitive musicians 
>that I've ever played with.

Well, freestyling is a macho blood sport.  Freestyling is to singing 
what boxing is to ballet.

>If someone is insensitive enough and pushy enough to come up right 
>in the middle of a show it's an automatic 'no' reply from me now...

Ah, what about the folks who ask to come up when you take your break 
to play _while_ you're taking your break?   That's a subtler thing 
that I've been running into lately.  I'm at the point where I don't 
like having someone on stage unless I know them or someone I respect 
vouches for them.


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