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Offline Bart Elliott

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Sitting In ... it's been years
« on: October 26, 2017, 07:53 PM »
Sat in with a new artist (to me), David Colón, performing at Puckett's Grocery in Leiper's Fork, TN last night. Never heard this original song before ... no rehearsals other than the singer/songwriter turning to me and giving me an idea of the groove he wanted.

I have a love/hate feeling, being put on the spot like this, but that is what sitting in is all about... well, in a non-cover-tune environment.



I recently moved to a new house just north of Nashville, so all of my gear is still inaccessible at this time. All I was able to bring was a cajon and my stickbag which had a Stickball Shaker which I was playing with my foot. I was surprised how well it went ... especially since I've been on a hiatus from playing for a full year.

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Re: Sitting In ... it's been years
« Reply #1 on: February 07, 2018, 12:10 AM »
I don't know how I missed this topic.  Nice playing, Bart.  Loved the shaker and surprised how well it came through in the mix.  If it's not too personal, why the hiatus?  Are you playing more now?

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Re: Sitting In ... it's been years
« Reply #2 on: February 08, 2018, 09:25 PM »
I don't know how I missed this topic.  Nice playing, Bart.  Loved the shaker and surprised how well it came through in the mix.  If it's not too personal, why the hiatus?  Are you playing more now?

The hiatus? I had to let me beard grow out.  ;)

Actually I just needed a break from the "keeping my calendar full" ... which sometimes means playing music I don't care for or working with people that I have no meaningful connection with. I wanted to get back into the art of making music rather than the sole focus being about making a living, which is important obviously, but I just needed a break and wanted to focus on family more.

I'm in a place in my life now that I get to be picky... and say "no".  ;D

Yes, I am playing more again as well as booking a couple of my own bands, which I love.

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Re: Sitting In ... it's been years
« Reply #3 on: February 13, 2018, 09:08 PM »
The hiatus? I had to let me beard grow out.  ;)

Actually I just needed a break from the "keeping my calendar full" ... which sometimes means playing music I don't care for or working with people that I have no meaningful connection with. I wanted to get back into the art of making music rather than the sole focus being about making a living, which is important obviously, but I just needed a break and wanted to focus on family more.

I'm in a place in my life now that I get to be picky... and say "no".  ;D

Yes, I am playing more again as well as booking a couple of my own bands, which I love.

Good to hear.  I'm on a hiatus from gigging.  It didn't start by choice, but now that I'm here it's a welcomed change.  I need to recharge and refocus.  I decided to take lessons to develop better hands and independence.  Reflection on the past several years of constant gigging has brought me to the decision of being more picky about who I play with and the type of music I play.  I don't rely on the income, which makes the decision easier.  I know eventually I will be itching to play out. 

 

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