Thursday, August 9, 2012
I go out all the time. More often than not, I'm out at least 5 nights a week. There are two reasons for it.
One reason is simple: I'm addicted to FUN. Call it a state of perpetual adolescence if you'd like, but that's a lot of what life in the big city is about for a lot of us.
The other reason is slightly less simple: to promote the band and support what other people have going on. I call it "productive drinking." (There's a great enabling term for you). The truth of the matter is that it works. In any kind of entertainment business, being out there and socializing is a key to getting to where you want to be. A lot of people don't understand that....but then again, perhaps they don't want to be where I want to be. God Bless.
The ironic truth about it is, when I'm promoting and socializing....I'd much rather be playing & performing. But the promoting and socializing part is essential, I feel, to get to a position where you're playing every night. Such is the duality of the core of the Big Apple.
What's really funny is that after I've PLAYED a show & sweated my way to the inch of my life...I want
to fucking CELEBRATE with my friends who are experiencing this crazy shit with me, and live it up to a job well done....and that includes ALL of the promoting, socializing, playing, and performing. For me, that's all part of the job! But....you already knew that.
To extend upon my point before about "productive drinking", etc....if there isn't either something to promote or celebrate....going out is meaningless. Sure, it's great to hang out with your friends, but....having purpose in your life makes you a better friend in the first place.
This town is made of random acts of kindness....the kind that nobody tells you about. You know, because you've been the one who did the "acting", or someone else did for you. Those "acts" come from people who, generally speaking, are happy and enjoy life, which, again, is why most of us are here in the first place. For me, the hard work, as well as the celebration thereof, are keys to happiness. It's really fucking important, and it is this fact that keeps me from getting too jaded. Remind me that I said that the next time you see me acting like an asshole out there, hahahahaha.
The bottom line is that I still think that it's a great gig if you can get it. You just need to maintain some sense of balance. But that's another story.
Let's have a drink, shall we?