Generosity

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  1. axe4me

    axe4me Well-Known Member

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    I'm on payroll to play at a Mass every Sunday.

    It's a traditional gig.

    Very churchy.

    Anyway, the parish is setting up a new stage area for the musicians and choir.

    I was notified that the stage is not completely finished.

    I'm not asked to play BUT.......I'm getting paid in full.:applause:

    Cool.
     
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    Gunner64 Well-Known Member

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    So you're taking advantage of the lord..good call. Something tells me he'll get even..:)..haha.
     
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    Since you're still being paid, maybe you should be helping to set up the new stage.

    :hbang:
     
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    Do you normally tithe? This may be a good time to start ;)
     
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    The Lord giveth and The Lord Taketh away.................Be forwarned. :)
     
  6. axe4me

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    When things were being outlined for the new stage, the musician and choir chairs were set up and I helped by placing chairs in the areas better suited (IMO) for us to sit.

    I was immediately told to stop what I was doing.

    I did.

    For about a year of having an unbalanced and poorly monitored sound, I left my monitor for our drummer to get a read on his blend and brought my acoustic amp for myself and the other guitarist.

    The pastor is a micro manager, who is a control freak, sets up the Mass Menu for us to play, our music director, who is a very poor conductor, is constantly berating the choir (tells our pianist who has a Masters Degree from Julliard that, "she is killing her"), does not know how to speak to people.

    I look at my pay as having to put up with them.

    I am grateful that I'm being paid in my absence.

    IMO, every musician in this situation would not do this if we weren't paid.

    I play at another church (contemporary music) for free later in the day.

    This is the type of music we play (not me in the video):


     
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    I saw the thread title and thought you were donating some gear to the local school of rock.....
     
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    Consult the Book of Armaments, Chapter 2, Verses 9-21 .

     
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    I thought it was about that groovin Crown Royal commercial
     
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    Sounds like you need a new church. Shouldn’t the preacher be walking like he talks it, and maybe remind the musical director of the golden rule.
     
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    Make sure you open up with this one ...



    Followed by this ...



    And then ...

     
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    +1
     
  14. axe4me

    axe4me Well-Known Member

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    Generosity is a gift.
     
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    No Religion? I tried at our local place , about six times to join the worship team, and was never given an audition! So I went back to my garage and am still there, giving my neighbors a free concert :agreed: when ever I can:band: That makes me quite generous!
     
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    Wow.
     
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    When I first saw and heard the group, I thought they were perfect.

    IMO, they didn't need me.

    Then, my wife read in the bulletin, that they were looking for musicians.

    I auditioned and the director told me that he knew in 3 minutes that I was right for the group.

    IMO, attitude is just as important as ability.

    I'm playing with Berkeley School and Julliard School grads.

    I have the utmost respect for these people.

    At times, I feel the pressure of keeping up with them

    IMO, I have inherent knowledge to be able to play what I'm told.

    These people can sight read flawlessly.

    That's not me.

    I think my ears and, what I can't explain, are what's getting me by.

    I don't have the certificate of music status.

    I'm good at being a side/support player.

    I never felt slighted in being back up.

    In fact, I like it.

    I never wanted to be in the first chair but I've done it and I'm not afraid of it.

    I've never been afraid of playing with musician who are better than me.

    I look forward to it.

    I guess gigging, at least 2x a week, being on call and filling in , means something.

    I'm very appreciative of whats been given to me.

    It is what it is and during my 40+ years of music experience.......I've done, seen, played with a ton of personalities (including jerk college music professors; turd session people and unreliable bandmates)............that includes mucho self serving record and management characters.

    I'm a survivor.
     
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    All very good points, in my case their is a pamphlet given to everyone who attend’s the service and in it you would fill it out and turn it in, and I did every week, I even spoke directly to the team leader, as they had gone through a number of guitar players in the time that I attended, but I guess it was not enough (you know the saying,the squeaking wheel gets the grease) I guess I didn’t squeak enough. But power to you it is still a pleasure to be able to preform in a group of talented people
     
  20. axe4me

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    I think, at times, a P&W director may be intimidated by the talent looking to serve.

    Sometimes my want may not be a fit, for whatever reason, to the situation I'd like to be in.

    Many years ago, in a job interview, a woman asked me, "how would you feel having a woman boss?"..................I replied, "How would you like me working for you?"..............she said, "touche".

    IMO, she was a bitch.

    This would probably mean lawsuit today.

    I wanted that job.

    I didn't like her.

    After 3 interviews, I got the job.

    I hated that job.....or rather working for her.

    Soon after, (about 2 years), I left and became self employed.

    After 6 months, I bought a house.

    Sometimes, your feelings are bigger than the situation.

    IMO, it just hasn't happened yet for you.

    Keep up the good work.
     

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