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MaryO 03-14-2011 07:23 PM

The circle of life of a band member...very funny
 
My boyfriend, a bass player in many a basement bands himself found this article today. I thought some of you lifelong musicians might get a kick out of this.

I'm wondering what this says about me who is just starting the whole process at 43....guess I'm a late bloomer and have a lot to look forward to in my later years...lol.

Not meant to offend anyone...just a little fun. Hope you enjoy.

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larryace 03-14-2011 08:17 PM

Re: The circle of life of a band member...very funny
 
That was.....

About the most truthful, accurate summation of the situation in the majority of cases.

GRUNTERSDAD 03-17-2011 08:46 PM

Re: The circle of life of a band member...very funny
 
I like the "we're all cool with our blue jeans and cowboy hats" photo. It's either that or the railroad tracks view.

Bo Eder 03-17-2011 09:20 PM

Re: The circle of life of a band member...very funny
 
Hahahaha! So true! But what of those people that are neither? There's an even sadder classification!

caddywumpus 03-17-2011 09:26 PM

Re: The circle of life of a band member...very funny
 
Dang! That's hurtful, but true in most cases. I know a few 40-50-somethings that fit that bill perfectly. But, I also know PLENTY that are making it happen as a profession, and not just being "that guy still in a band". When you're 50 and pulling in 6 figures as a musician, have a family, a nice house, and a stable retirement coming, I'd say you're way above the curve...

diegobxr 03-17-2011 09:32 PM

Re: The circle of life of a band member...very funny
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by caddywumpus (Post 815504)
When you're 50 and pulling in 6 figures as a musician, have a family, a nice house, and a stable retirement coming, I'd say you're way above the curve...

Yeah, but that is quite the exception, isn't it?..

I didn't laugh a lot with the article, actually I found it quite depressing, as it unfortunately is very true. I know a lot of guys who are pushing 40's and working on the record store making pennies an hour and still thinking they're yet to be "discovered".

It's very sad.

Cheers.

Bo Eder 03-17-2011 09:38 PM

Re: The circle of life of a band member...very funny
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by caddywumpus (Post 815504)
Dang! That's hurtful, but true in most cases. I know a few 40-50-somethings that fit that bill perfectly. But, I also know PLENTY that are making it happen as a profession, and not just being "that guy still in a band". When you're 50 and pulling in 6 figures as a musician, have a family, a nice house, and a stable retirement coming, I'd say you're way above the curve...

......is that you, Caddy?

Crazy8s 03-17-2011 10:03 PM

Re: The circle of life of a band member...very funny
 
The 'Regular Guy' in that article usually experiences an epiphany at around age 40 and then scrambles to find out where his life went.

Atleast the 'Band Guy' chased a dream that involved creating music for the rest of the world to enjoy.

If making music for others to enjoy makes one a loser, then I am left without a clue as to what a winner is. If it is the lack of money that makes them losers, then the winners would be the most wealthy people on the planet, right? The most wealthy persons in the world got their money from the blood of the people.

I am a loser.

Bo Eder 03-17-2011 10:37 PM

Re: The circle of life of a band member...very funny
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by Crazy8s (Post 815514)
The 'Regular Guy' in that article usually experiences an epiphany at around age 40 and then scrambles to find out where his life went.

Atleast the 'Band Guy' chased a dream that involved creating music for the rest of the world to enjoy.

If making music for others to enjoy makes one a loser, then I am left without a clue as to what a winner is. If it is the lack of money that makes them losers, then the winners would be the most wealthy people on the planet, right? The most wealthy persons in the world got their money from the blood of the people.

I am a loser.

Is that why I'm shopping around for a fire-engine red corvette? ;)

MikeM 03-17-2011 10:40 PM

Re: The circle of life of a band member...very funny
 
Awesome! I always thought Al Bundy was one of the coolest guys ever! Glad to be lumped in with the likes of him! (I'm 43 too and am in two bands at the moment...)

zambizzi 03-17-2011 10:42 PM

Re: The circle of life of a band member...very funny
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by Crazy8s (Post 815514)
The 'Regular Guy' in that article usually experiences an epiphany at around age 40 and then scrambles to find out where his life went.

I'm there....at 33.

Quote:

Originally Posted by Crazy8s (Post 815514)
Atleast the 'Band Guy' chased a dream that involved creating music for the rest of the world to enjoy.

No one can call you a loser for that!

caddywumpus 03-17-2011 10:46 PM

Re: The circle of life of a band member...very funny
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by Bo Eder (Post 815509)
......is that you, Caddy?

No, I'm the 31-year-old working my way towards that, though. It's good to set goals, and to know people who have gone before you and made it happen for themselves!

It's a good thing the article is called, "The Circle of Life of a Band Member", because if it was "The Circle of Life of a Professional Musician", I'd have issue with it...

Bo Eder 03-17-2011 11:02 PM

Re: The circle of life of a band member...very funny
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by caddywumpus (Post 815534)
No, I'm the 31-year-old working my way towards that, though. It's good to set goals, and to know people who have gone before you and made it happen for themselves!

It's a good thing the article is called, "The Circle of Life of a Band Member", because if it was "The Circle of Life of a Professional Musician", I'd have issue with it...

Well, professional musicians have to play in bands in order to be professional musicians, so this article can be for those guys too.....sorry....sorry....sorry.... ;)

MaryO 03-17-2011 11:07 PM

Re: The circle of life of a band member...very funny
 
I really hope none of you think I was trying to make anyone feel like a loser. This really was posted with tongue firmly implanted in cheek. No offense meant, really. I personally think anyone brave enuf to actually try and follow their dreams, no matter what the outcome, is more of a winner than someone who is "successful" in something they would rather not be doing. :)

Again, this is why I'm very bravely (or blindly) starting my journey at 43...lol.

caddywumpus 03-17-2011 11:16 PM

Re: The circle of life of a band member...very funny
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by MaryO (Post 815542)
I really hope none of you think I was trying to make anyone feel like a loser. This really was posted with tongue firmly implanted in cheek. No offense meant, really. I personally think anyone brave enuf to actually try and follow their dreams, no matter what the outcome, is more of a winner than someone who is "successful" in something they would rather not be doing. :)

No bad feelings here. I thought the article was funny 'cause it is mostly true. :D

Quote:

Originally Posted by MaryO (Post 815542)
Again, this is why I'm very bravely (or blindly) starting my journey at 43...lol.

And I wish you the best of luck! There are several professional musicians on this site, so it can be a great resource for you, if you choose to use it.

Quote:

Originally Posted by Bo Eder (Post 815539)
Well, professional musicians have to play in bands in order to be professional musicians, so this article can be for those guys too.....sorry....sorry....sorry.... ;)

I'll get you, JETSOOOOOOOOON!!!!! (BTW, I liked yer previous avatar a little better...)

DrumEatDrum 03-17-2011 11:23 PM

Re: The circle of life of a band member...very funny
 
Part of me laughed, because, yeah, I know plenty of people who fit either category.

Go down to Hollywood, and there are a ton of guys who are still thinking any day now they're going to get signed to that million dollar record deal, even though they're 45.

But still, a larger part of me was offended, because I find most musicians are somewhere in the middle of those two extremes and the article just seemed to want to promote stereotypes.

Bo Eder 03-18-2011 04:46 AM

Re: The circle of life of a band member...very funny
 
[quote=caddywumpus;815548
I'll get you, JETSOOOOOOOOON!!!!! (BTW, I liked yer previous avatar a little better...)[/QUOTE]

OK. Changed the avatar just for you. She does look a little more like a human being in this shot anyway. Well, a human with big cleavage, anyway.

Morbid Koala 03-18-2011 05:05 AM

Re: The circle of life of a band member...very funny
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by Crazy8s (Post 815514)
The 'Regular Guy' in that article usually experiences an epiphany at around age 40 and then scrambles to find out where his life went.

Guess what? No matter what the hell you're doing at 40, you're wondering where your life went.

MaryO 03-18-2011 06:05 AM

Re: The circle of life of a band member...very funny
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by Morbid Koala (Post 815675)
Guess what? No matter what the hell you're doing at 40, you're wondering where your life went.


Damn, ain't that the truth!

southpark 03-19-2011 02:24 AM

Re: The circle of life of a band member...very funny
 
Hey everyone, new here. Saw the title of this thread and it struck my fancy.. the article is indeed very funny :D I know a couple of people that financially and practically fit the bill, though, and it is very sad. But they are not delusional about it ;)

The one thing I am terrified of is having kids. Not having them, per se, since I want to in a few years, but being able to raise them with a decent life in terms of financial security, and being able to send them to college or university. Otherwise, I don't have the yearning for big money, just basic comfort. If I could pull that off and still have my music... I'd be ecstatic. I still have no college degree, and work odd jobs here and there... so I can see my future being as bleak as the article describes; obviously, the prospect of making a living out of music or any of the arts is miniscule to say the least. Hello, accounting! Or something else as fortunately stable and unfortunately miserable.


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