Dear Bars That Host Live Music…

Turn that damn TV off.

It’s disrespectful to the musicians, and annoying for the photographer.

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The Musical Middle-Class

In the corner of a small Huntington Beach coffee house I sit with my friend, talking about male orgasm and female reproductive organs as “The House Of The Rising Sun” plays in the background. Thick, heavy, white ceramic mug filled with steaming hot black coffee sits peacefully on the rugged wooden table as we chat and catch up on what has happened in the past few days. Jay is possibly one of the best guitarist I know. A rare breed of musicians today who plays rock and blues for a living. At 42, he is supporting an entire family with his music and music only. It takes balls to build your life around a passion of making music, something many people today don’t understand. Many people have no idea what it really means to be a working musician. Even the music industry “experts” seem to have no real grasp on the day-to-day lives of the “musical middle-class”. In the age of DJs and emotionless electronic music, mastering an instrument and performing for a living is a slowly dying art. Continue reading