This day last week I wrote a blog about the various checks and balances you need to keep an eye on in order to keep life as a working musician more satisfying and less stressful.
One thing I mentioned was to remember why you got into it in the first place.
And I was reminded of one of those reasons last night.
The first time I got to play regularly with a ‘band’ as such – i.e. anything along the lines of bass drums guitar piano vocals – was in music college at the age of 24. It was ensemble class on a Wednesday afternoon and I came out at 5 o’clock every week feeling on top of the world after experiencing the thrill of this group dynamic.
It was the sheer joy of making music with friends, for the sake of nothing else but that. And last night I did the same. A late call for a local gig. No pressure, no targets, nothing riding on it – just go and play.
So thanks to Gerry Grennan, Brian Mulligan, Vinny Casey and all at the Strand Bar for a wonderful evening.
Music just for the sake of it. With friends. Hard to beat.