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Opening night for @ainttooproudmusical here at the Princess Of Wales Theatre. Our last out-of-town opening night. The next, and last opening will be on March 21, 2019 at the Imperial Theatre in New York City.
People ask me if I ever get tired of playing the same songs, the same way every night.
The five musicals that I held the drum chair as well as the 12 others I’ve been a sub on over the years have never been boring. I’ve enjoyed every night I had the chance to be a part of a broadway, or off-broadway show. I feel good knowing that I am making people happy when I make music as part of a big or small orchestra.
There have been gigs that have been boring, don’t get me wrong. I’ve been in many gigs that have been unbearable, but I always have to remind myself that I’m playing drums for a living.
I’ve worked way too many day jobs in the past and I don’t want to go back to that lifestye ever again. It’s just not for me.
I’ve paid plenty of dues to get to this point and cherish every minute -especially with THIS show. I’m not taking things for granted.
Special shout out to @lanesandersperc for transcribing the drum book. Its pretty detailed. Sorry I don’t read the music anymore Lane-lol.
That’s another thing that makes things interesting to me. I memorize every show I play. After I get it into my head, I can watch the show, concentrate on other musicians in the pit or read books like The Iliad as I play the show...just kidding about the last part. I’m not that talented.
I never liked keeping my eyes in the music while I’m playing music. I makes me feel as if I’m not connecting to those around me if I’m constantly reading. If I can memorize entire albums like I did as a kid, this is just another thing to put in my my memory banks.
I am having such a great time playing this music. It’s MOTOWN! Never gets old.
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