Name Change From "Local Heroes" to "Working Musicians."
good idea Rog----as a Veteran, a Firefighter, an EMT and so on for some 20 years...and a full time working musician for some 15 years (in the past)...I have been privileged to be near both musicians and heroes and I never quite equated what the people I worked with........... in the military (Air Sea Rescue, or my brother, playing a Stratocaster at the Richmond Coliseum one day , and a year later playing an M16 in 'Nam, or Tommy the Tenorman, catching applause in Richmond, and a year later catching a snipers bullet thru his medics shirt in 'Nam) ****(dude, it still hurts just to write that --40 years later) **** or the firemen , or medical teams and police officers, locally or in Yonkers and the Bronx ................no, I never equated what they did, or do ...with what I and my guitar slinging and stick slamming buddies did in night clubs and concerts, even at Carnegie or the Larger Venues...coliseums and such, and yes I have been on stage with some notables , Vinnie Martell...the Chambers Brothers... jammed with Leslie West and Richie Scarlett... hung , performed or jammed with Pete and Tony Levin, the Ryersons, Otis Blackwell, and RnB "stars" too numerous to remember.. Ed Roman was my guitar player in the 70's..and so on & so on .......
but the folks I saw as heroes are people I knew, or know, whose names no one will ever likely recognize---dangling on a cable from a chopper over the ocean in a storm to snatch a drowning person .....going into burning buildings as everyone else was fleeing.....or going toward where the bullets were coming FROM whether at a shoot out in 'Nam or the Bronx
no offense Roger....I know this is an age when Rap"artists" and TV/Movie "stars" get a whole lot more TV news reporting their latest clothes, cars, and lovers, than our men and women eating sand and dodging RPGs in Iraq do.....and I sincerely applaud you for picking up on this and amending the name of your excellent and very valuable musicians on-line interview column
best wishes for continued and increasing success !
how about a column : "WannaBee Working Musicians" (Ha HA ,LOL !! ) or in my case: "Useta B" ha ha
Pauliebassman, aka "the Rev," 1/25/06