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

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  1. I'll also use a VPN. Yesterday I was in Georgia, today I'm in New York. And I haven't had to go through the lines at the airport once.
  2. I decided I'd confuse them. I'll keep the Gates tracking chip inside me, leave my iPad home, and leave my phone at my sister's house. Like magic, I'll be in 3 places at once!!!
  3. Thanks. The SoFussyCats >^. .^< >^. .^< are being careful about the gigs we are taking. Of course we aren't going to be risk-free, but we aim to minimize the risks. Yes, we are the hot-zone. Our governor was voted by a PAC of his own party as the worst governor in the USA. The newspapers call him DeathSantis and only the hard-core trumpuppets approve of what he is doing. So it's only outdoors with adequate ventilation and adequate distance from the audience. As soon as a booster is available for us, we are in-line. Notes ♫
  4. We're now getting booked once a month at a huge RV resort after a year and a half off. Come the winter season, it'll probably be twice, and they've already reserved a few important future dates. After 12 consecutive seasons, once per week at a particular marina, COVID put a stop to that. In the meantime, new owners bought the place and have different ideas about entertainment (I wish them a lot of luck, they seem like nice people). So we approached a competitor, a beachside restaurant/bar and the owner was overjoyed. He offered us the spot, better money, and a free meal too. So the party goes on, but in a different place. It's also outdoors, so it's less COVID risky. We've also been booked for a few old condominium clients that we've worked for through the years. Florida is currently an epicenter for COVID, thanks to our GOP governor, who the Republican PAC calls the worst governor in the nation. It's pretty bad when your own party PAC disses you. But sooner or later the anti-vaxxers will either get COVID and become immune or dead and therefore no longer the great threat they are now. Work is coming back, so Mrs. Notes and myself can resume doing our second favorite thing to do. Notes ♫
  5. For me, a mask won't work. I haven't figured out how to play saxophone, flute or wind synthesizer with a mask on. And I don't know if singing would work well with a mask either. We just got a gig, outdoors, in one of those 'office' locations because one of the band members got COVID and is hospitalized. If she is who I think she is, she is a very vocal anti-vaxxer. I don't feel sorry for anti-vaxxers who get COVID anymore. They have to accept responsibility for their decisions. Now, instead of one gig there this month, we have two. I'd truly rather not get an extra gig this way, and I hope she recovers. Notes
  6. I own neither, but as a former electronics student (may years ago) I think RMS is a better figure. Measuring the peaks is one thing if I remember correctly, a sine wave's output is somewhere near 70% of it's peak. As long as everybody is using either RMS or Peak you will be able to make a comparison. Notes
  7. As far as anti-vaxxers are concerned, this is what I think should be done. Since I read that it costs the taxpayers $80 to vaccinate each person, if someone who is eligible for the vaccine and refuses it, this is what should happen; The government pays the firs $80, and the patient has to pay the rest -- in advance -- or they don't get treated. It shows responsibility for one's own decisions, and it doesn't force anyone to get their jab. I wrote this to 'my' GOP 'representatives' and other than the form letter letting me know they got my mail, I haven't received any response. Oh, well. I thought they were elected to represent me. (Foolish, I know). We had a decent 2022 season going, but some have already called to let us know if Delta or Lambda is running amok, they may have to cancel. And I blame the anti-vaxxers for this. If we had acted sooner, and if the anti-vaxxers got on board, we could have had herd immunity in the US already. August and September are notoriously the two slowest months around here, so I don't expect many. I have an outdoor one day a week gig coming up in either October or November, depending on Delta and the Canadian Border situation. It'll be our 13th season. Plus, I'm still holding deposits from people who canceled in 2020 (I gave them the choice). Too bad people aren't avoiding COVID like the plague. Notes
  8. Yes, our governor has created the USA's biggest hotbed of COVID here in Florida (and he wants to run for president). The newspapers are calling it "Death by DeSantis". We had an offer for a gig in a nightclub that has been closed twice due to COVID. It's a place that is frequented by the Anti-Vaxxer and Anti-Mask crowds. We've played this club in healthier times, and right behind the band is the AC return vent, which is the most dangerous place to be. So we declined the gig. In order to not hurt the feelings of the client, we told her we were sorry, but we had a previous booking. Leilani and I are mRNA vaccinated, the wind was at our backs, and we both have strong immune systems, so I hope we are OK. There was no way we could get out of the marina gig. I hope the lady from your church recovers quickly and completely. Insights and incites by Notes
  9. We gigged a party that was booked and paid for before COVID. Florida is the COVID capital of the USA, but it was outdoors, it was supposed to be for the guy's 90th birthday. They called, and I didn't see any way to decline, he might not make 92. Thankfully, the wind was at our back.
  10. I was in the wrong place, but it must have been the right time ♫♫♫
  11. Summers are always slow in this part of Florida, but I have quite a few one-nighter gigs lined up for next fall/winter when the tourists come back, and a one-day-per-week gig that should last all season. Things are looking up. Notes
  12. Good for you!!! We'll probably be that busy in the winter. We make 3/4 of our money between Halloween and Easter. Notes
  13. We've done a few pool parties for the snowbirds who left for summers 'up north. That's typical for the retirement development market, although a little later than usual this year. We're getting bookings for next winter season, but so far, the summer, which is always slow down here, looks pretty bleak. I'm OK with that, and looking forward to next season. Notes
  14. I know a lot of other people know how to deal with Bridzilla (and Mom-zilla) but I guess I'm just too independent to enjoy being micro-managed and don't know how to side-step that. Don't get me wrong, I've played some fantastic weddings in my day, but more and more the wedding industry is telling the bride that this is going to be the best day of their entire life, unless their friend's wedding is even a little bit better, and if that happens the bride will be a pariah. That kind of pressure is not good for what is supposed to be a celebration. I was never in a 'wedding band' per se, but took wedding jobs. I started out doing high school dances, then nightclubs/singles bars, then show clubs, then opening concerts for major stars, then better nightclubs, then cruise ships, and then after a few personnel problems that left me unemployed for month-long stretches, I downsized to a duo with Mrs.Notes, made my own backing tracks, and targeted the yacht club, country club, retirement development, and private party market. Each part of the biz that I worked has its pros and cons. IMO all of it is better than working a day job as a wage slave for some faceless, soulless corporation -- even Bridezilla. Playing singles bars on the road after the Summer Of Love and before AIDs came along was a blast for a young guy with raging hormones. Warming up for major stars in concert and being treated as an equal by people whose records we copied in our cover band was nice. Cruise ships were great, no lugging and toting gear, a different audience every week so the same jokes worked, and star status was fun. Being independent with Mrs. Notes in downsized venues playing 3 hours for decent money and having a local following is right presently perfect. Right now it looks like next winter's 'season' is going to come back fine and be normal again. Insights and incites by Notes
  15. Good move for you MikeM Weddings also pay well, but I abandoned them a long time ago. Bridezilla trying to micromanage her wedding took a lot of the joy out of the gig for me. Until COVID I was never out of work. I actually had to block out a few weeks for a vacation because if I didn't, I'd take bookings and wouldn't get a vacation. That actually happened one year. COVID happened, and my client base went into hibernation. They are emerging now, and the phone is ringing, but being Summer in Florida, it's mostly for next season, as the snowbirds are going back "up north". Notes
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