There is one thing I’m not sure I’ve ever figured out about the music business. That thing is – why people say they want to do something and then completely fail to make good on that intent. That may not be akin only to the music business, but it sure runs rampant in it.
It’s especially true of those who book live shows. When they see, in person, an act live and then come up to that act and say: we need to get you in here to perform! You’re amazing. You’d think that when the act contacts them, they’d immediately look up the schedule to see when they can get that act in. However, such is not the case. Often this goes with the act’s management calling and then not getting a return call. We get it. You’re busy. However, when the booker is so excited and the act didn’t even approach the booker, it really makes zero sense as to why they wouldn’t get a return of calls, let alone an email. Zero, zip, zilch, nada, none.
Obviously the booker saw something they felt would help bring more revenue to their venue. But then fails to convert on it. That to me is blowing sunshine, and just bad business. Why do it?
The career musician will just move on. Move on to the next opportunity until they’re shown the money. Gotta wonder what the people that turned down certain bands think of their mistake once a band hits higher fame. Or even the musician’s that turn down being in certain bands. I’ve seen both – it’s odd.
Today’s choice is an artist that came across my screen recently. Laura DiStasi has a pretty name. She’s also got a rather alluring aspect to her recordings. They’re quite intimate in the vocal as she sings quietly and thus must be right on top of the microphone. Creates a very close sense to the recording.
Humming Along is exactly what I’d say career musician’s do when they get turned down for gigs. Or rather ignored by the people that offered the gig in the first place. I’d be interested in seeing Laurie live and I wonder how she keeps that intimate value to the vocal in a live setting. I like how parts move in on the song and keep it humming along.
Chances are when Laura is offered a blank gig, she likely does the humming along idea of moving on to the next opportunity. Don’t pass her by, I think you’ll be happy you stopped to take a listen.