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Re: Burnt

Posted: Wed May 30, 2018 7:06 pm
by BaritoneJack
Jhereg wrote:
Tue Apr 10, 2018 6:21 pm
In other news. I think it's time to admit I've burnt out on being a musician. Don't feel obligated to respond or convince me otherwise or anything, I'm just thinking out loud. Kind of wish this really were a bar, I feel like this is something to be discussed over a beer.
Yep - been there, done that, still occasionally have nightmares about it, 30 years on; though in my case, it was working with horses, rather than as a pro musician. I ended up feeling as though I was their slave, and hated the sight of them. Getting out of it was a good move, and I only wish I'd done it sooner than I did. For several years, I didn't even want to look at a horse, let alone have anything to do with them. But several years later, when I'd just got an ordinary, 9-5, humdrum job, I started riding again, and thoroughly enjoyed it. No pressure, no demands, none of the relentlessness of having to think about them, and be responsible for them, every waking minute. Now, if I want to ride, I go to the yard, pay the bill, enjoy the ride, and walk away. If I don't feel like going, I don't.

And I remember when I ended up working for a multi-national company; supposedly a 'good job', with prospects, etc, etc, etc - but they treated their staff like cannon fodder. I used to wake up in the morning, think about going there, and groan. It was run on the 'just in time' basis - which meant if anything went wrong, everyone was tearing their hair out, because there was no slack in the system at all. One morning, I went in and was told that a bloke called Bob had been rushed into hospital after a massive heart attack. I was shocked, but not surprised - he was the production manager, and his job was to "get it out by Friday". So guess who took the brunt of the chaos when "just in time" became "OVERDUE!" ? That's right - Bob. He was just 41.

That night, I started looking for another job. Two weeks later, they sacked me - "not temperamentally suited to the company's ethos". Damn right, I wasn't! I walked up the road with my severance pay in my pocket, feeling as though I'd been let out of prison!

I believe it was Artie Shaw who was phoned up one day by his agent who had yet another string of bookings for him. Shaw said forget it, and intimated that if he had to play 'Begin the Beguine' once more, he wouldn't be held accountable for his actions. The agent pressed him, and asked what he was supposed to say to the people who wanted to book him. Shaw said "Tell them I'm insane."

"How do you mean?", asked his agent.

Shaw replied "If an all-American boy turns down a lot of money, wouldn't you say that he was insane?"

Sometimes, Megan, in order to take good care of yourself, you have to let the rest of the world go hang. Those who care about you will cut you all the slack you need, and still be there for you. Those who won't are no loss.

God bless.

Jack

Re: The Bunker

Posted: Wed May 30, 2018 10:26 pm
by PhilipEdCarlson
Lawrie wrote:
Fri Mar 23, 2018 3:45 pm
A couple of us were thinking about collective nouns for trombones the other day. In having a look around the internet for suggestions I found a reference to a "plague" of conductors :D :D :D
This Skeleton (¿group of trombones?) got together at a local Jazz Jam last night!
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Skelton Jam
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With so mmy members of this forum together in real life it was like a Virtual Trombone Chat. You know, like any artificial Online Community. Live Action Internet. My wife, Sarah (who took this pic) suggested afterword that we should have a trombone party at the house this summer. Wonder how the neighbors would feel about that!

Re: The Bunker

Posted: Thu May 31, 2018 8:43 am
by timothy42b
Wow, you guys are really young!

I'm used to thinking our group is mostly old furts like me.

I was at a conference for work last week, and we talked a bit about generations. To my surprise most of the group was GenX - in the past they've been Boomers like me. When I got back I checked my own workplace. We're about half and half, plus a couple of token Silent and Millennials.

Community bands in my area have tended to be older, white, and male, but that's changing a bit. I played with a different group last night and they were on average younger.

Re: The Bunker

Posted: Thu May 31, 2018 5:53 pm
by badger
I guess hanging from the ceiling like that must be some late night tomfoolery.
Vampires?

Re: The Bunker

Posted: Thu May 31, 2018 5:56 pm
by StevenC
timothy42b wrote:
Thu May 31, 2018 8:43 am
Community bands in my area have tended to be older, white, and male, but that's changing a bit. I played with a different group last night and they were on average younger.
The groups around here tend to have pretty good age and gender diversity. It's good for the group.

Re: The Bunker

Posted: Fri Jun 01, 2018 6:22 am
by PhilipEdCarlson
badger wrote:
Thu May 31, 2018 5:53 pm
I guess hanging from the ceiling like that must be some late night tomfoolery.
Vampires?
what's that about?
It did that in Preview too, so I knew it'd be upside-down. I tried editing the original pic. Flipped it upside-down thinking TC would flip it right side up. That didn't work so I went back to the original.
timothy42b wrote:
Thu May 31, 2018 8:43 am
Wow, you guys are really young!

I'm used to thinking our group is mostly old furts like me.
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Community bands in my area have tended to be older, white, and male, but that's changing a bit. I played with a different group last night and they were on average younger.
At 54, I'm the oldest in this pic by nearly a decade and a half!
I'm usually on the young end in the Community Groups I play in, so, it is nice to hang out with some young people. I'm definitely on the older end in my department at work though!

Re: The Bunker

Posted: Fri Jun 08, 2018 8:38 am
by timothy42b
Uh oh, a week since the last post.

I just want to share some success I'm proud of, even if it drives my family nuts.

On August 21, 2015, I went to our work Wellness Center and had them evaluate my health. I'd hovered around 180 the past two decades. They stuck me in a Bodpod to determine my body composition, and an oxygen hood to find my metabolic resting rate. Yup, overweight at 30.1% body fat. They made recommendations for calories per day, etc. I came down 22 pounds quickly and stabilized. My friends said I looked too skinny, but when I went back in I was still overweight at 22%. Last September at 155 pounds (I'm 5'10") I was still overweight. But I felt pretty good. They have my photo up in the Wellness Center holding 20 pounds of simulated fat, as a success story.

This spring I decided to take off a little more and see if I could get below that magic 20% body fat percentage. Today I weighed 141 and am officially no longer overweight at 15.8% fat. Dropping the first 30 pounds was easy, but the last 10 were hard fought.

On trombone I'm struggling with endurance a bit, I wonder if the recent weight loss affects it. I've dropped a bit in bench press strength too. Per the Bodpod, since September I've dropped 12 pounds of fat and 3 of nonfat. That isn't necessarily muscle, it can be water etc. and varies quite a bit. My disc golf drive stubbornly refuses to increase, but that's more a form issue rather than strength.

Re: The Bunker

Posted: Fri Jun 08, 2018 12:07 pm
by Kingfan
Good for you, Timothy! I was 194 when I retired two months ago, am down 8 pounds. Nothing special, just not tied to a computer or steering wheel all day five days a week, and not being on the road I don't eat fast food and soft drinks near as much as I used to. No need to "reward" myself with a donut or 32 oz. fountain drink (or both if I was REALLY bad) on the way home on a day with 7 hours on site and four hours driving.

Re: The Bunker

Posted: Fri Jun 08, 2018 1:29 pm
by Matt K
PhilipEdCarlson wrote:
Fri Jun 01, 2018 6:22 am
badger wrote:
Thu May 31, 2018 5:53 pm
I guess hanging from the ceiling like that must be some late night tomfoolery.
Vampires?
what's that about?
It did that in Preview too, so I knew it'd be upside-down. I tried editing the original pic. Flipped it upside-down thinking TC would flip it right side up. That didn't work so I went back to the original.
Fixed: :)
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JPEG files sometimes have a property that is auto set when you take the picture that records the orientation of the phone. Thusly, this was taken 'upside down' relative to what it was expecting. So even when you rotate it, the change isn't persistent (it doesn't wipe out that orientation). Why anyone would find that a useful feature that overrides being rotated is beyond me :idk:

Re: The Bunker

Posted: Mon Jun 25, 2018 10:39 am
by timothy42b
I had my routine checkup with my primary care physician Friday. He said my blood pressure was way too low - with the weight loss, I was over medicated. He took me off the meds completely. Woo hoo! But now I have to be careful it lasts. Weight is SO easy to put on, compared to taking it off.

Re: The Bunker

Posted: Wed Jul 04, 2018 1:31 pm
by StevenC
Fourth of July in Rosendale, NY starts the way it usually does. A cross section of town residents, onstage in Rosendale Theater, read the Declaration of Independence. This year the follow-up reading was by Elizabeth Cady Stanton. Then the band plays. This year we played some funked up version of "America the Beautiful". We led the audience out of the theater playing "Sweet Dreams".

Re: The Bunker

Posted: Thu Jul 05, 2018 6:44 am
by timothy42b
I attended the celebration at the local Army base.

There was a headline top 40s commercial band, then the Army band took the stage.

They used only their small groups, not the full concert band; they did a set of popular music, then the big band took the stage. The full band never played. I don't remember that happening before but it clearly made the crowd happy. There were lots of vocals, and done very well. I think it is now necessary to double on voice in a military band.

Re: The Bunker

Posted: Thu Jul 05, 2018 11:00 am
by BGuttman
Showed up for my fireworks concert and there were no French Horns. I knew one was a Late Looey Iand she usually plays principal). So I got the 2nd Horn book and played a cmbination of Eb and F music for the evening. I think my brain still hurts from all the transposing/reading.

Re: The Bunker

Posted: Thu Jul 05, 2018 11:30 am
by StevenC
Oh yeah, we had a late gig at a barbecue. We went out and played what we could play without sheet music. Unfortunately, we didn't have percussion, and recruited from the audience. It was in keeping with the spirit of the gig. We had a pair of claves, an egg shaker and a kind of double cowbell thing. Oh yeah, our tuba player also wasn't there. Not a problem, since I enjoy playing her parts.

Re: The Bunker

Posted: Thu Jul 05, 2018 12:04 pm
by JohnL
timothy42b wrote:
Thu Jul 05, 2018 6:44 am
They used only their small groups, not the full concert band; they did a set of popular music, then the big band took the stage. The full band never played.
They may have been double-booked and had to split the band. I've seen that happen with Navy Band Southwest.

Re: The Bunker

Posted: Thu Jul 05, 2018 12:25 pm
by timothy42b
JohnL wrote:
Thu Jul 05, 2018 12:04 pm
timothy42b wrote:
Thu Jul 05, 2018 6:44 am
They used only their small groups, not the full concert band; they did a set of popular music, then the big band took the stage. The full band never played.
They may have been double-booked and had to split the band. I've seen that happen with Navy Band Southwest.
That could be, but I dunno. I never see a full military band except at a change of command for a commanding general.

I think it is a realization that nobody in the age range of the usual crowd wants to hear a wind ensemble play traditional wind ensemble music. Perhaps it will survive as a pedagogical genre, or perhaps it will not outlive us, I'm not sure.

Re: The Bunker

Posted: Thu Jul 05, 2018 3:21 pm
by BGuttman
There was a change in command at Hanscom AFB (near Boston) and there wasn't a full band. Only an ad hoc collection of volunteer musicians (including me). I felt bad for the two generals. In their infinite wisdom, the Air Force eliminated both the Band of Liberty (stationed at Hanscom) and the Reserve Band of Cape Cod. Left no Air Force band (regular or reserve) within 300 miles.

Re: The Bunker

Posted: Thu Jul 05, 2018 9:48 pm
by Schlitz
JohnL wrote:
Thu Jul 05, 2018 12:04 pm
timothy42b wrote:
Thu Jul 05, 2018 6:44 am
They used only their small groups, not the full concert band; they did a set of popular music, then the big band took the stage. The full band never played.
They may have been double-booked and had to split the band. I've seen that happen with Navy Band Southwest.
I haven’t kept up on all of the navy music program staffing changes since I got out. But I’ve read each band has about 35 people, plus some tdy folks when the job load increases. When I was in, it was an 17 piece band on the gig, with the rock band on tour, and a brass quintet out doing conflicts. I think think they have a uniform band size of 35 people now. In the old days, San Diego, Great Lakes, and Norfolk had 45 in each band, with folks rotating in and out. We had smaller groups back then, when most had a minor instrument. I don’t think that’s required anymore.

Re: The Bunker

Posted: Tue Jul 10, 2018 7:11 am
by blast
Schlitz wrote:
Thu Jul 05, 2018 9:48 pm
JohnL wrote:
Thu Jul 05, 2018 12:04 pm
timothy42b wrote:
Thu Jul 05, 2018 6:44 am
They used only their small groups, not the full concert band; they did a set of popular music, then the big band took the stage. The full band never played.
They may have been double-booked and had to split the band. I've seen that happen with Navy Band Southwest.
I haven’t kept up on all of the navy music program staffing changes since I got out. But I’ve read each band has about 35 people, plus some tdy folks when the job load increases. When I was in, it was an 17 piece band on the gig, with the rock band on tour, and a brass quintet out doing conflicts. I think think they have a uniform band size of 35 people now. In the old days, San Diego, Great Lakes, and Norfolk had 45 in each band, with folks rotating in and out. We had smaller groups back then, when most had a minor instrument. I don’t think that’s required anymore.
Most quintets I have played in were conflict zones.... even outside the sevices .

Chris

Re: The Bunker

Posted: Tue Jul 10, 2018 9:46 am
by Kbiggs
blast wrote:
Tue Jul 10, 2018 7:11 am

Most quintets I have played in were conflict zones.... even outside the sevices .

Chris
Democracy in action!

Re: The Bunker

Posted: Wed Aug 01, 2018 7:18 pm
by StevenC
Yesterday, I was driving home from an interview on a two lane state highway. I was southbound. A car from the northbound lane drove right into me. I really had no chance of avoiding contact. Many airbags deployed. The car was wrecked, but I only have burns on my right arm from the airbag, and lacerations and hematoma on my left arm.

My daughter has sound priorities. Her question was would I be able to play in a concert we had last night. I was able to play.

Re: The Bunker

Posted: Wed Aug 01, 2018 7:58 pm
by Doug Elliott
Glad you're OK! I've been in a similar situation except it was because I fell asleep and went off the road. Maybe that's what happened to the other driver? At least I didn't hit anybody else.

Re: The Bunker

Posted: Wed Aug 01, 2018 8:25 pm
by BGuttman
I second the feelings! Cars can be replaced, but you can't.

I did just what Doug did when I totaled my car two years ago. Spent 4 days in the hospital and another 2 weeks in rehab -- 4 broken ribs.

Re: The Bunker

Posted: Thu Aug 02, 2018 8:51 am
by StevenC
Doug Elliott wrote:
Wed Aug 01, 2018 7:58 pm
Glad you're OK! I've been in a similar situation except it was because I fell asleep and went off the road. Maybe that's what happened to the other driver? At least I didn't hit anybody else.
Yes that is what happened to the other driver. There was a tractor trailer ahead of me. The northbound car clipped the tractor trailer before hitting me head on. This could have been so much worse for the northbound driver.

Re: The Bunker

Posted: Fri Aug 03, 2018 10:26 am
by StevenC
The insurance company declared the car a total loss. I sent them the title, and they will send me a check. The car was a 2015 diesel, so replacing it won't be entirely trivial. I do a lot of highway miles, so I do want another diesel.

Re: The Bunker

Posted: Fri Aug 03, 2018 10:34 am
by BGuttman
Was it one of those Volkswagens that cheated on the emissions tests? :evil:

You can get good mileage with non-Diesel cars. Look into the hybrids. They use a gas engine simply to generate electricity and use that electricity to run the car.

Re: The Bunker

Posted: Fri Aug 03, 2018 12:15 pm
by timothy42b
Interesting story on NPR this week.

They were talking about hybrids and the idea of conspicuous conservation, as opposed to conspicuous consumption. In some affluent areas, showing off with expensive toys increases status.

In areas where an environmental ethic is shared, the same may be true with obvious "green" methods. In these areas, people tend to prefer hybrids that are obvious, such as the Prius, rather than other manufacturers that would seem to be of otherwise equal value. They did the research by getting vehicle registration records and voting registration numbers, it was quite ingenious.