Pictures and thoughts from a Memphis Musician's Wife

Long Days

Most days as a full time Memphis musician can be very long. Yesterday, we were out of our home at 11:30 to be at Handy Park at 12. The rest of the band did not show up until after 1. My husband played until 10 pm last night with five 15-20 minute breaks. This was outside, very hot and humid. Most days are not like that, now, but Jeremy is still on Beale Street 12 hours out of most days. People think being a musician is so easy, that all you have to do is play an instrument. That is not true. You have to worry about making sure you have gigs booked, which can be difficult in a city FULL of musicians competing for the same spots. You have to make up for lost gigs sometimes by doing gigs that are well beneath what you should be playing for. It’s funny to me that the “paid touring musicians” for quite a few major artists don’t even really have to play their instruments on the stage and still get paid. My husband, and several other musicians, would feel insulted if you asked them to pretend to do what they have put all of their hard work and energy into doing. No, people may not realize it, but normal musicians work hard to gain the love and respect of their fans, too.  Most of them have to do all of the legwork themselves, doing their own promotions, booking, and sales. It is almost a 24 hour a day job. I wish there was more respect for the every day musicians, who are just as talented as those world famous superstars’ musicians.

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  1. I am a drummer in a very small area of Australia that is overflowing with musicians. There are about 8 bars in 3 villages where musicians are booked on Sat nights only and they leave the television on! I don’t know what Australians have against live music, but it’s painful, time consuming and soul destroying trying to gain appreciation for your talent when nobody understands your job.
    We don’t choose to work all hours for very little, we would much rather work all hours for a lot. But passion keeps us committed and our pockets being empty keeps us working, it’s a never ending loop but we love it!

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