Hello merry colleagues! I hope THE SEASON has been kind to you this year (for my non-musician colleagues, this time if year is when musicians don't sleep and barely bathe in order to sock away enough money to cover the next 2 months rent.) I'm sure you're expecting me to expound on some super enlightening spiritual reflection gleaned from an awesome and well-paid gig, but that is not the case this 2011. Not that I haven't been on some meaningful gigs this season, like at a children's hospital. But let's face facts: I have been running around LA dressed like a towns person from an early Disney movie,sming till my cheeks ache and waving at strangers like the crazed non-Angeleno I am. So I thought that the greatest joy we could bring each other this Christmas day is to share stories of comical Season happenings. I'll start:
I show up early to a caroling gig in costume - Victorian costume, which is standard. The contact asks me if I'm Snow White. I say no, and tell him I'm with The Music Companies. He proceeds to tell several patients - and when she gets there, my boss - that Snow White has arrived.
Caroling on the sidewalks of a shopping center during the day. An SUV pulls up, and the 11 (count them, 11) dogs, ranging from tiny terrier to Rottweiler, stare at our quartet out the open windows. A few of them start howling.
Caroling at a private event. Return to the table of a skeptical 3-4 year old boy and his parents. As soon as we come back around, said boy throws his head in his arms and starts bawling inconsolably.
Best Request this year: On Christmas Eve day, Mom in a mall food court requests "Gettin' Jiggy Wit' It" by Will Smith, which came out in 1998. I'm proud to say we were able to at least oblige with the chorus, which was warmly received.
I'd love to hear your Season stories, especially your best requests. Hopefully your costumes are still intact and you haven't stomped on, attempted to burn, or otherwise damaged your jingle bells. After all, you'll need them for next year.