This is an update on what I’m doing to try to get back to play for you. It’s also a comment on the music biz. A couple of old saws come to mind:
You meet the same people on the way up as on the way down.
People never really grow up.
(That second one is mine, by the way.)
One challenge is getting people who can play. Sure there are lots of guys who can play, but getting them to want to play my stuff? Hmmm… One issue that comes up time and again is age-related. Or maybe it’s energy-related. The younger fellas seem to be more open to working on ‘originals’. But (understandably) they want to work on material that is more in touch with the current zeitgeist.
Now the older guys seem more interested in doing something that is familiar and pays. Most of these chats have started off as discussions about doing JCHMusic and then subtly veered off in the direction of doing mostly originals and then some originals to… You get the idea.
What is both terribly interesting (from a sociological/psychological perspective) and terribly depressing is how delusional many of the people I speak with truly are. There is so much desperation and denial in being a musician. I’m sure I’m just as bad! And I’m also sure glad I was spared that through my unique good fortune as a solo artist (well, at least until I broke my hand!)
So the search continues. I’m pretty sure things are heading in the right direction, but I’m also just as sure that this will take some time to find a crew that has the right blend of talent, adventure and reckless disregard for current fashion and financial reward.