See this post from my friend Adam. Many good points. One great thing I’ve found about Detroit is that I’ve rarely been on a gig here that pays under $50. If it did, it was still with great musicians or it was a school occasion. This definitely caught me off guard when I first moved. Still, I believe what we do goes beyond entertainment, even beyond art. We as musicians provide an aspect of life that is just as essential as the need for a plumber, doctor, lawyer, or politician. It is much less apparent as our “product” disappears as soon as we make it, but nevertheless, music is an undeniable characteristic of being human.
Today, principal bass sub with the Warren Symphony Orchestra. “The Composer is Dead” by Lemony Snicket and Nathaniel Stookey, and “The Flying Theme” from E.T.