I don't mean this in any "bitchy" way, so, if it sounds that way, --no
Ever meet up now with "musicians" that used to duck you, -- not for any good reason, you just weren't where they were "looking", if that makes sense, I hope. So anyway, in all our earlier times, 100 guitar purchases ago :), learning as we all do across time, -- sometimes nearly everything then sounded "great"..., well maybe, manner of speaking.
Anyway, how I am now with you all is how I was when I was 16 yo -- I love to jam and take music seriously..., kinda like bathing, I just try to do my best, wash everything well. Money's not an issue, never was.
So, anyway, lately I'm running into some of these folks, and well, -- they suck... like really suck. Like anyone who doubts they should be writing songs here..., brand new, -- don't... but these guys should. And, yes one of them, maybe the others, I don't keep track, child of xyz nearly famous someone. I was shocked.
And yes, "now" they're not dodging me; I even sent them work at a venue who, "like in 30 mins, they need to be here" the others cancelled, -- really local and paid OK. I won't do that again, on assumption of "goodness" of a band.
Part of it now too, is, -- I'm not 20 yo and I just don't care, kinda never did, -- said that before. But now, -- send me a car and drive me there and I'll think about it, unless local So, I hope that makes sense, it may to some..., I've had this as a side conversation so know some may have stories of past "associates".
One thing I'm seeing is more original stuff is getting a look at if slipped in well, so to speak. What the heck does the venue care... dancing, drinking, eating and coming back is it for them; sing the alphabet if you like and that happens.
It's just sort of hitting me a few times this past week, -- no thank you to a couple of studio gathers, and venue sit ins... I guess I figure, why now? And, I don't want to find out later, how I got "used" be a couple of old a____les.
One fellow, makes out like he has no memory, "sorry dude... I forgot"... but has a memory like an elephant. I think what he "remembers" is, -- I don't want to be in the band, but would be glad to have you-all do my original stuff as part of a set... so, like 45 min their stuff, 15 - 20 of mine, I'm gone and they do as they like as the patrons get hammered beyond caring anyway. It could be that. But, if you all haven't notice, plain, blunt communication works best, imo.
-- Anyway, that wasn't the point; point was... ? run into folks you'd've loved to have played with in your past, but now, would really rather not be on the same stage with them now (well unless backing you ) ? Not important, just thought might be interesting reading.