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DeanT - Posted - 06/22/2018:  18:48:57


I'm suffering from musical burnout. I mentally checked out about 3 years ago, and stopped practicing to get better, and just practice enough to maintain and play gigs. The band is calling it quits at the end of this year. Age and burnout for all of us. I hate to admit, but I can't wait. We are over 1700 gigs in the last 15 years. I also played in a 2nd band for 4 years, so my totals are even higher. It's been fun, but never a passion. Sometimes I feel like I've lived someone else's dream. I almost feel guilty.

OM45GE - Posted - 06/23/2018:  05:56:44


I know more than a few working musicians who feel similarly. It became a job for them. I play what I want, where I want, when I want. A lot of the time it's just with friends, other times it's open mics or music festivals. I still love it after over 50 years.

DeanT - Posted - 06/23/2018:  06:54:27


You have the be "on" all the time. You are not allowed to have a bad day, or not feel like playing.

chuckv97 - Posted - 06/23/2018:  08:09:58


Ya, I played full time gigs in southern and eastern Ontario in the ‘70’s - it became like work. I liked the local gigs twice a month better. Now I just play at jams and festival campgrounds, or seniors’ residences once in a while. You had a good run (pun intended,,lol) anyway ,Dean.  That’s a lot of gigs.


Edited by - chuckv97 on 06/23/2018 08:12:30

DeanT - Posted - 06/23/2018:  14:59:11


Thanks Chuck! What scares me, is that I'm going to put my banjo in it's case, after my last gig (which I already know will be on Christmas eve) and then never touch it again.

OM45GE - Posted - 06/24/2018:  06:57:09


If you do, I bet it comes back out before too long and you enjoy it more than ever.


Edited by - OM45GE on 06/24/2018 07:00:08

DeanT - Posted - 06/24/2018:  10:14:53


I hope so!

OM45GE - Posted - 06/25/2018:  03:35:56


I knew a guy who was an incredible photographer. He earned a pretty good living doing commercial work as well as weddings and portraits but grew to hate it. He put his cameras away and went to work at a paper mill. About a year later he got his equipment out and started taking great pictures again. He enjoyed it as a hobby the rest of his life.

chuckv97 - Posted - 06/25/2018:  06:36:30


I think whatever zeal for music a person had when starting out never quite leaves permanently

OM45GE - Posted - 06/25/2018:  07:01:23


If anything, it’s stronger for me more than ever

DeanT - Posted - 06/25/2018:  09:50:20


I was a slide blues player, when a friend's banjo found me at a jam... and I fell into the banjo world without even trying, and got the job. I played my first gig on banjo, 6 weeks after playing his for the first time. I had been playing open G tuning for over 20 years, and always fingerpicked... so the banjo was pretty easy from the get-go. It's quite possible I could trade my banjos in on square neck dobro.

OM45GE - Posted - 06/25/2018:  11:22:45


I had been playing finger-style guitar when I started banjo too. I did a lot of alternate tunings so the transition was pretty easy. I've always been a guitar player who also played banjo though.

chuckv97 - Posted - 06/25/2018:  11:28:46


If there were fingerstyle guitar jams around, I’d be playing more guitar


Edited by - chuckv97 on 06/25/2018 11:29:04

OM45GE - Posted - 06/25/2018:  11:55:54


Is it easier to find bluegrass jams in your area?

chuckv97 - Posted - 06/25/2018:  12:02:19


Yes, absolutely, about 3 or 4 every week. There was/is a classical guitar group, but I’m too rusty on that stuff. There are also some folk jams, but no true fingerpicking/fingerstyle groups.

DeanT - Posted - 06/25/2018:  14:26:58


I've always been more of a "record a backing track, and jam to it by myself" sort of person. I fell into a lunch time jam group at my work, which is where the banjo found me, and they begged me to join their band. The whole thing just sort of happened. I certainly didn't search for it, and it's never really been me.


Edited by - DeanT on 06/25/2018 14:29:12

OM45GE - Posted - 06/26/2018:  06:02:35


Is that the same group you’re playing with now?

DeanT - Posted - 06/26/2018:  06:05:50


sort of, me and the the guy on the far right, and his wife are what's left of the original group. The bass player died in 2009 of a heart attack.


OM45GE - Posted - 06/26/2018:  06:17:23


Cool.



I’m the only member of my first band that still plays music.


Edited by - OM45GE on 06/26/2018 06:17:44

DeanT - Posted - 06/27/2018:  10:02:50


Interestring... I'm the only one of 5 kids who never played anything or took any lessons on anything growing up. I didn't get my first guitar until I left home. Now I'm the only one in my family that plays anything, and took it further than any of them

OM45GE - Posted - 06/27/2018:  11:21:20


My mom was an accomplished pianist and my father's parents both played well. Only one of my five siblings didn't play one or more instruments. I don't think any of them play much any longer except one sister.

chuckv97 - Posted - 06/27/2018:  14:12:47


I had two brothers who played our old pump organ. I have a few uncles who were Church organists , so my brothers aspired to do that. One brother did that for years, the other got too busy to practice much. My Pa and Ma both played organ a bit - got me into lessons when I was 5 , but I didn’t care for it. (Elvis was on the radio...lol).
Got a guitar when I was 14, banjo later on.

DeanT - Posted - 06/27/2018:  15:51:35


we had a electric organ... I think we used the crude drum machine more than playing it

OM45GE - Posted - 06/27/2018:  17:53:43


I love having a house full of musical instruments.

DeanT - Posted - 06/27/2018:  18:13:25


I used to... now I have bikes :)

OM45GE - Posted - 06/28/2018:  05:06:51


My sister-in-law has one of the US Postal Service Tour de France bikes. What an amazing machine. It’s so light it seems a gust of wind might blow it away.

We’ve got about a dozen bikes. There are a few from my NORBA racing days but most are various sizes of kids’ bikes.

DeanT - Posted - 06/28/2018:  05:46:23


I tried, but couldn't get into mountain bikes... I ended up trading my mt bike, for racing wheels for my tri bike


Edited by - DeanT on 06/28/2018 05:48:46

OM45GE - Posted - 06/28/2018:  11:07:13


That looks like a beast

DeanT - Posted - 06/28/2018:  13:58:38


It was as good as it gets in 2009, she's getting a little old... but still holds her own against all the new stuff. The best bike I've ever had

OM45GE - Posted - 06/29/2018:  03:37:59


We’ve got some controversy around here about folks riding E-Bikes on trails that don’t allow motorized vehicles.

DeanT - Posted - 06/29/2018:  10:55:46


Those are getting huge around here too... the bike store is selling them as fast as they can get them in

chuckv97 - Posted - 06/29/2018:  11:32:38


Looks like some are banned on trails here too...
“Electric Bikes on Pathways
Electric bikes (e-bikes) are rapidly growing in popularity and Calgarians are now looking to use them in our city parks. All bicycles must obey the Parks & Pathway Bylaws. Gasoline powered motorized bicycles and are not allowed on pathways or trails.
What is an e-bike?
An e-bike is a bicycle that has an electric motor that can be used to move the bike. We recognize pedelecs and power on demand bikes as the two main types of e-bikes.
Pedelecs (allowed)
Pedelecs are e-bikes with pedal assist systems. They use sensors to activate the motor when the bike is pedaled. The motor turns off when pedaling stops or when the e-bike reaches 32km/h.They are designed to enhance the power of the rider, not to replace it. Since pedaling is required on pedelecs, they are considered bicycles.
Pedelecs are allowed on pathways and trails, except where bicycles are prohibited.
Power on demand (not allowed)
Power on demand e-bikes use a throttle to activate the motor. The motor (or motors) on these bikes are independent of the pedals, making pedaling an option. You can either cruise using the power of the motor without pedaling or pedal while using the motor. The motor turns off when the brakes are applied or when the off button on the throttle is pushed. Since pedaling is not required, they are not considered bicycles.

OM45GE - Posted - 06/29/2018:  13:36:44


I wonder if we have similar regulations. All I've seen are the public battles. There are two factions on the issue. One says the e-bikes give access to folks who need help to enjoy these public trails. The other says any motor is a motor and shouldn't be allowed.

chuckv97 - Posted - 06/29/2018:  14:34:57


I figure they’ll need a governor on’em.... 32+ km/hr (20+ mph) is too fast for a walking trail

OM45GE - Posted - 06/30/2018:  04:55:21


I get the access argument but, personally, I think there are enough places you can get to with a motor.

DeanT - Posted - 06/30/2018:  06:02:00


I'm neutral on the motor issues... but it's good to see folks getting out, and great business for the bikes stores!

OM45GE - Posted - 06/30/2018:  09:35:17


I patronize a local, family owned bike and ski shop. They sell e-bikes and I’m happy,for anything that keeps them going.

chuckv97 - Posted - 06/30/2018:  10:19:06


Ya, I like the mom & pop places

OM45GE - Posted - 06/30/2018:  12:46:56


I’ll spend more (within reason) to buy from a locally owned business.

DeanT - Posted - 06/30/2018:  17:21:48


I've been a faithful customer of our local bike store for 35 years.

OM45GE - Posted - 07/01/2018:  17:35:58


I’ve been going to Buchika’s about that long too.

DeanT - Posted - 07/01/2018:  17:40:26


They even let me use their bike stands and tools for free, and let me do my own repairs there


Edited by - DeanT on 07/01/2018 17:40:45

OM45GE - Posted - 07/01/2018:  17:56:11


That’s cool

DeanT - Posted - 07/02/2018:  11:09:24


pays to know people...

chuckv97 - Posted - 07/02/2018:  11:25:28


Moving around so much, this was one of the few places I frequented enough years ago that they gave me credit.

OM45GE - Posted - 07/02/2018:  18:39:55


You've been to Syria?!?

DeanT - Posted - 07/03/2018:  05:21:54


looks like a Canadian flag

chuckv97 - Posted - 07/03/2018:  07:32:15


Ha... that was a small hamlet in Ontario

DeanT - Posted - 07/03/2018:  15:01:23


I bet it was interesting inside...

chuckv97 - Posted - 07/03/2018:  15:42:31


Well, that’s a later picture - old Gordon Robinson ran it previously - he was like Sam
Drucker on Green Acres.... he’d weigh up a pound of nails or a pound of ham on the same scale at the counter.

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