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About Notes_Norton

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    Pro musician and style writer for Band-in-a-Box and Microsoft SongSmith.


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    Fort Pierce, Florida USA (almost paradise)


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    Music, travel, music, photography, music, reading non-fiction, music, science, --- did I mention mus


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    Professional , career musician with a sideline of writing aftermarket styles for Band-in-a-Box and M

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  1. We had one offer, for a yacht club/country club we've played a couple of times per year for many years. I think it was an exploratory call as it was from one of the members on a committee and not the management. I said we were open on the date they requested, and asked what protective measures the would be implementing for the band and the guests. I haven't heard from them since. To tell the truth, if it isn't outdoors and far enough away from the audience, as much as I'm wanting to gig, I would probably turn it down. I can't wear a mask singing or playing wind instruments, and there
  2. Here in the USA we have "For Profit" medicine, and the profit is huge. Our government puts the riches of the CEOs ahead of the health of their constituents. The business of America is business. It's both our good and bad point. Insights and incites by Notes
  3. That won't help my RV park gig. I think flying is OK but driving across the border is difficult. It's just as well, the fewer people we meet, the less our chances of losing COVID Roulette are. Notes
  4. I don't blame you Pogo. I'm happily unemployed now - happy to be healthy. A friend of mine who is a fine guitar player was in a band that gigged because they targeted a much younger audience than we do. 3 out of the 4 members got COVID, one of them died, my friend has been running a fever for a couple of weeks, and I haven't heard from him in a few days. He's not answering, I'm concerned. I've been out since March 17. The winter guests from Canada are not coming down this year (I don't blame them) so the RV park where 600 spots are rented by them is not having entertainment.
  5. It has since been improved but still retains it's character. I do hope we aren't done playing there for good (one never knows how the pandemic is going to turn out for them). If so, a 12 year run is something to be happy about. If not, 'the beat goes on.'
  6. I don't blame you. We have 4% of the world's population and 33% of the COVID cases. We are dangerous. Playing with us is playing COVID Roulette. I've been to Canada many times, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Newfoundland, Labrador, Ontario, Quebec and Yukon. I've always enjoyed myself and found the people to be some of the friendliest and most civil to others in the world. If it wasn't so cold, I would have moved there long ago. I especially love the Maritime provinces. But to this Florida boy, anything under 70F/21C is too cold for man or beast ;) Until COVID we entertained at a 900 si
  7. Well, we are going to be playing once a week at a place we've gigged at for 12 consecutive tourist seasons in November. I'm a little apprehensive about it because we cant sing/play with masks on but it's outdoors, on a deck over a salt water lagoon, on it's own island, across from a state park and the experts say outdoors is safer. But they are good people, they've hired us for 12 years in a row, and you know the mantra - never give your gig away, it might not be there for you anymore. So we set up are gear and are playing at least an hour a day to get our chops back in prime sh
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