Monthly Archives: July 2013

On Unsolicited Comments

I had absolutely no idea just how much spam I would see on this site when I started it. It’s a little disturbing, actually, and it makes me grateful that WordPress’ default setting is to require admin approval for all new comments. I delete at least 1 or 2 a day, never reaching the page.

If you want your comment to go through, I need a name. That does not mean using a product name in the name box. That will be removed instantly. If your comment does actually include the subject that it’s on, such as page content or a blog post reply, it will go through. I review every one. If your comment reads more like a personal e-mail or a solicitation of new work, I will reply to you at the e-mail you provide, but I will not approve it to go through, as it will appear off topic for the page.

These are simple guidelines. Spammers probably won’t care, it will still happen, but I wanted to write this out just in the off chance that a friend or colleague was attempting to reach me and I killed the message.

New Work

I want to take this post to say welcome to all the new visitors who have been checking out this site. I feel good being able to hold up this one-stop location for my work, and I’m hoping to be able to add more, soon.

Today I auditioned for a very fun band up in Fullerton. I was planning on only making it a couple of hours, but we got to talking afterwards and I was still having fun for the next few hours. I’ll be able to post more information on upcoming gigs with this project as soon as I have solid dates and times to give out. In the meantime, Warren and Pat: Thank you for a great time!

Return

My temporary vacation is now over, and I’m back to scheduling steady work. Thank you for your patience.

As a side note, yesterday I returned to my gig on the Marina to find that my band was no where to be found.The venue manager is wondering where the rest of the group is. I promise to play on time, and I do so, pulling out every little bit of solo bass material I can think of. As any musician knows, of course, the more the bassist plays solo, the louder the customers want to talk over you. So, the attention to me was quite minimal.

I approached the venue manager for my pay at the end of the evening, and was told that our group was no longer working out for the venue. I understand his point of view. Frankly, I feel the need to distance myself from that blatant lack of professionalism.

I received a call later from the band leader, who claims he never got a call for when to start, so apparently that means not showing up at all. I don’t want to get in the way of any personal fights going on, but I feel like I was left hung out to dry as a result of whatever may have happened. I’ll keep posted of any changes.

In the meantime, I’ve got an audition this week and several new students starting up now. I’m always ready to take on a new challenge, and my experiences only serve to strengthen me, not defeat me.