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I'm discovering more and more that I really enjoy playing while ****************faced - probably because I am, more and more, ****************faced.
I definitely play worse when drunk or stoned; however, I enjoy playing in a completely different way. I make more mistakes, but care less, and this adds a dimension of fun to the whole enterprise.
<div class="signaturecontainer">I guess I kinda lost control, because in the middle of the play I ran up and lit the evil puppet villain on fire. No, I didn't. Just kidding. I just said that to help illustrate one of the human emotions, which is freaking out. Another emotion is greed, as when you kill someone for money, or something like that. Another emotion is generosity, as when you pay someone double what he paid for his stupid puppet.<br><br><br><br><br><br>I.K.F.C.<br><br>E.S .C.<br><br>Potato Society<br><br>SAWG</div>
In my experience, "buzzed playing" with others can be a very sweet moment. But there's a tipping point (so to speak) that comes all too soon :womanfrustrated: ...after which the playing goes downhill very rapidly and then I wish we could be back on form. So I avoid that these days.
I once was playing tunes in my basement with my mando player. We we're really "feeling it" with regard to the music, and he had brought over a bottle of Templeton Rye, which was going down quite, er, easily. We thought: must record this, it's so cool! So we did.
I listened to it the next morning in the cold sober light of the day--and it was total ****************! Especially my "vocalsh" :womanlol:
She's the lady of the light
Yellow incandescent night
Tiger eyes burning bright
In the understory
I can't see the forest
For the branches and the leaves
But I believe
I do believe
"Music is your own experience, your thoughts, your wisdom. If you don't live it, it won't come out of your horn."
Stoned/drunk learning is trashed, so if you're teaching a song to those individuals, forget it. Or if you're learning a piece, best to do it with no more than a standard pint or 2.
If you're creating and have the tools to record, be it a pencil and paper or recording device, it can be very useful. Performing is best done sober, or near sober. Performing for money should especially be done in that vein. Any other situation is up for grabs, lot's of great ideas while under the influence. Just don't drive yourself home.
Nothing pisses me off more that drunk and stoned bandmates in a practice or at a gig. I've left (politely) situations where that occurs, nothing good comes of it in practice and very rarely in performance. Think you're Keith Richards? Right. Sure, sometimes you know the material so well it rolls off easy, but more times than not you sound like ****************, as Michael Martin told.
I like to have a beer or two while playing, but I usually have water as well. When my head gets too cloudy and my fingers start to be less responsive than usual, water only.
Regarding bandmates, it doesn't matter to me as long as they can hold it together. I've done gigs with bandmates who could barely stand but performed just fine, but I also played with a talented drummer who would smoke a little dope during breaks, and during the next set his tempos would be all over the road. That was a little irritating.