Paul Davis (Dep Bass and Dep Keys plus Harmonies) [Covers & Original, Dep Musician]
The Public Diary Of Paul Davis (Aged 51 & 3/4)29 Nov 2018The Public Diary Of Paul Davis (Aged 51 & 3/4) As a keen serial bass & keyboards dep, one of my least favourite moments is receiving a text or email from an act needing cover, then finding I'm unable to help out on that night, due to an existing gig or appointment.To make that less likely in future, I make all the acts who use my emergency musical services aware of my Lemonrock Diary, which I update every time there's a change.It's so much nicer to then receive messages saying “I've checked your diary and you're free”!Definitely been worth updating all these years, for that reason.But the downside is that a few people get the wrong idea about what the diary is communicating!There are some who must think that between gigs, I'm sitting watching my favourite films and scoffing endless tubs of Haagen Dazs – though judging by my physical appearance, it's an understandable assumption!Then there are a few occasional false impressions that it's a general life diary, thinking that “available” status means that just that, but for anything.Will have to find a way to make it clearer that it merely indicates availability for time-specific paid work (especially like gigs), rather than activities that can be rescheduled around it!Other than that, it's a very handy reference and one that I find is worth updating for the Paul Davis page on Lemonrock.It might not be as hour-specific (yet) as Google or other online calendars, but its simplicity suits me for the most part.And reduces the frequency of those “oh damn” moments when I realise I'm booked elsewhere (and it's a gig I would be keen to do).= = = = = =As a trivia footnote regarding this blog title, I'm exactly 3 weeks older than the fictional Adrian Mole and remember the joy of discovering the books when they first came out, due to him being a contemporary.I did feel that the massive fame generated for the books and it's accompanying spin-offs took some of the magic away for me.Then I thought of the Harry Potter madness.And I gave thanks that Mole got off so lightly …= = = = = =PUBLIC GIGS THIS WEEK:Friday 30th November 2018 – starts 9pmPlaying keyboards for HUGGY FLARESTHE ROYAL OAK, Stevenage(Soul, funk & disco covers band which I used to be bassist with)=Saturday 1st December 2018 – starts 9.30pmPlaying keyboards for THE REGGULATERSTHE DOME BAR, Watford(Ska/reggae covers band which always seem to attract a large genre following to gigs)
Real Estate21 Nov 2018Real Estate When you've been gigging for a number of years, you often hear a few general categorisations which you find are very true, but equally many that aren't.And for the latter category, these are often ones that musicians would be good to question.For example, it seems to be very easy to solely criticise the younger generation for being “rude” and “entitled”.Well in my own experience of playing live music, some of the most breathtakingly disrespectful people I've encountered have often been older members of society, and as for that modern buzzword “entitled”, it's often the parents of those exhibiting those traits who have led by example! :-DEqually, some of the kindest people I've met in terms of music fans have been those who follow very aggressive-sounding music (heavy rock, metal, punk, etc.). And that some of the most “respectable” people act like pigs when they have a few drinks inside them! :(This brings me onto that so often unfairly maligned music venue.The Estate Pub.Usually constructed anytime between the 1950s & the 1990s, in the middle of council-built residential housing and occasionally next to a small handful of shops & a takeaway from the same architectural time period.For me, they've very often turned out to be good places to play for a number of reasons, the foremost being that most people are there for the night. They're not simply one of many such places within short walking distances.For local communities, these pubs are prized as a valuable local amenity on their doorstep. Often used for birthday parties and other places where an inexpensive place to hold family/friends is needed, and without the bother of town or city centre parking. Many people can walk there, even if a taxi is hired to go home!The fact that many have live music is something not to be taken for granted, when so many other places aren't.And finally, the people there usually talk to you afterwards about the music, especially if they enjoyed it.Contrast that with some city or town centre places I've played over the years, where you've played to a full pub, but you become invisible within seconds of finishing the final song!Of course, I'm speaking generally here, but I've never really had any problem with “estate” pubs. They often fly the flag for live music with the most enthusiasm, so feel they need to be reappraised in the collective consciousness of gigging musicians.Never dismiss their potential folks!= = = = = =Have finally got NYE sorted – playing with Right Hand Drive at Stopsley WMC on the outskirts of Luton.Working Mens Clubs are another type of establishment that I have no problem with, because I've found they're usually well run.Nobody would call a brand new venture a “Mens” club these days, so you deduce these places have been going for many decades already.The fact that generations of families have attended also hugely lessens the chances of them being “living-morgue” establishments, as they want appeal to all ages and hold onto them.Although I've had experiences over the years with some social clubs that are filled with self-important, opinionated jobsworths (and which I'm happy to avoid), there does seem to be an increasing number that are now run by people with a more modern and open-minded outlook. So perhaps the old image of the “social club” might be on the wane, and be replaced with more vibrant operations. I've witnessed this myself recently, so there is hope perhaps.= = = = = =PUBLIC GIGS THIS WEEK:Wednesday 21st November 2018 – Starts 9pmPlaying bass for THE LANDLORDSTHE MERMAID, St Albans=Friday 23rd November 2018 – Starts 9.30pmPlaying bass for THE TEXAS FLYERSTHE BLACKSMITHS ARMS, St Albans(This is the final Texas Flyers gig until March 2019)=Saturday 24th November 2018 – Starts 9pmPlaying keyboards for THE REGGULATERSTHE EAGER POET, Neath Hill (Milton Keynes)(One of two deps for the ska-reggae covers act in as many weekends, the other being The Dome Bar in Watford on 1st December)
An Opportunity, Rather Than A Problem?13 Nov 2018An Opportunity, Rather Than A Problem? Going to share a link to an article I saw earlier in the year, even if I don't strike many people who know me, as a Guardian reader!www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2018/mar/29/high-street-closed-betting-shops-york-back-from-deadI won't attempt to paraphrase the article, except to quote Mary Portas' quote at the very end:“We need to put the heart back into the centre of our high streets, reimagined as destinations for socialising, culture, health, well-being, creativity and learning.”In it's most basic interpretation, I take this to mean that we shouldn't just be looking to replace one failed organic greengrocers with another, or wonder what chain will come to fill the big space vacated nearly a decade ago by the town's Woolworth.I wonder if live music in the hands of imaginative people who could provide the right kind of atmosphere to attract listeners could be a part of this?= = = = = =PUBLIC GIGS THIS WEEK:Friday 16th November 2018 - starts 9.30pmPlaying bass for THE TEXAS FLYERSTHE GOAT, Berkhamsted=Saturday 17th November 2018 - starts 9pmPlaying bass for TALLER THAN ELVISTHE DOVE, Newport Pagnell=Wednesday 21st November 2018 - starts 9pmPlaying bass for THE LANDLORDSTHE MERMAID, St Albans= = = = = =
The Hitchin Contingent9 Nov 2018The Hitchin Contingent Just a small blog to remind me and the rest of us gigging musicians to focus our attention more on those who GET us, and not waste energies on those trying to convert those who clearly don't!Elvis Presley and The Beatles were two mind-blowingly successful acts that were adored by the world, but even they have people who didn't or don't "get" them.Did they ignore the thousands of people who came to their gigs, in order to win over the indifferent person in the corner who clearly wasn't in the same frame of mind?Rhetorical question of course, as they realised that just making their existing fans in super fans was a more fulfilling use of their time.Back to my gig with the Faith Stealers this time last week in Hemel Hempstead, I experienced the result of this with the arrival of "The Hitchin Contingent", a group of Mod fans who had traveled to see us that night.Despite my embarrassingly long hair (desperately in need of a chop), they were proud to be photographed with Gary, Ray, Martin and myself, and as usual, reinforced my positive impression I have of genre fans (be they ska/reggae, heavy rock, etc.) as some of the nicest and most generous music fans you could meet. People who are passionate about the music you play and the scene the songs are from.After playing many past gigs where nobody seems bothered, even if you play everything they demand and still don't bother clapping(!), it makes you happy for "contingents" like this. :)= = = = = =PUBLIC GIGS THIS WEEK:Friday 9th November 2018 - 9.30pm startPlaying bass for THE TEXAS FLYERSTHE COUNTY ARMS, Highams Park=Saturday 10th November 2018 - 9.30pm startPlaying bass for THE GUARDSTHE LONDON INN, Stamford= = = = = =Still up for NYE, especially depping on bass or keys. Money's not the major issue for me, but atmosphere is.Easy loading/parking, ticketed events only, no "corporates", and (without larger payment to back it up) nothing a HUGE distance from Royston!And an act happy to have me just showing up on the night.If anyone wants me to come to 5 practices so I can play "Valerie" and "Crazy Little Thing Called Love" to a preciseness that NASA would be happy with, either ask somebody else or pay me for those occasions! :pFor everybody else in the real world, I have a lot of experience of gigging and depping in many different venues, genres and acts, so please get in touch if I sound like a solution to a problem you might have (or be having)!www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLbUsbTGeCTrMxYNDVH-BNF0eodWreadpH
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