****** Musician's Meanderings******
Steve Hashimoto's Journey Journal - 04-20-2003:
Again, not to make light of the war, but I can't help but see many parallels
between jobbing and armed conflict -- the combination of absurdity and
horror, the combination of necessity and reluctance to do it, the lack of
A wartime jobbing glossary:
Jobbing shock and awe: having more than 4 lead singers on the frontline;
having more than 4 violins on a jobbing band.
Jobbing precision strike: playing one really good disco tune really well
rather than butchering eight of them in a medley.
Jobbing collateral damage: when you run over the bridal-dress train with your
Rock'N'Roller's muddy wheels.
Jobbing friendly fire: when the drummer loses a drumstick and it hits you in
the back of the head.
Jobbing MRE's (Meals ready to eat, the current equivalent of the K-ration):
the club sandwiches-and-potato chip meal in the country club kitchen.
Jobbing care package: the sweet table.
Jobbing leadership target: identifying the one "trouble-maker" table at the
party (there's always one) and either placating or intimidating them.
Jobbing MOAB (Mother of all bombs): any band that has more than 12 musicians.
Jobbing policy of deceit and delay: when you get the check over a month after
the gig and it's short.
Jobbing WOMD (Weapons of mass destruction): any p.a. with more than 4
1000-watt Crown power amps; any bass rig with a subwoofer; any drum set that
has more than 1 bass drum, 1 snare, 1 floor tom and 2 rack toms.
Jobbing bio-warfare protective uniform: a Scotch-guarded tux.
Jobbing suicide bomber: the drunk who keeps dancing into the music stands;
the little kids who run through the band setup.
Jobbing regime change: the sidemen revolt and take the band over (not to be
confused with the sidemen are revolting).
Jobbing embedded journalist: me.
Thanks to everyone who came out to Jacaranda Friday night-we really
appreciate it. And it was great to hear Josť Valdes's kids performing with
their respective school bands at Hackney's last Wednesday, especially his
daughter, who is really a good bass player. Josť, like I told you, you got a
star in the making.
We just finished our gig at Pops In Highwood. Talk about the discrete charm
of the bourgeoisie -- it was totally invisible! And a new cel-phone low to
report -- a young, clueless guy, replete with studs in his ears and tats on
his arms, standing right next to Mike Levin, below the stage, literally
shouting into his phone, "Hello? Hello?" (while we were playing, of course).
And then after we were done he had the gall to say, "Why don't you guys know
any Dave Matthews? Isn't that jazz?" I told him to call Dave on the phone and
This week Steven Hashimoto will not prevent looting at:
SUN. 4/20: At SIMON'S TAVERN, 5210 N. Clark, 9-11:30pm, with The Steven
Hashimoto Quartet (Dan Hesler, sax; Neal Alger, guitar; Heath Chappell,
WEDS. 4/23: A senior-citizen's show with The Harmony Production Players at
The Milk Pail, on Route 25 in Elgin, in the afternoon, subbing for Mitch
Straefer; thanks, Mitch.
FRI. 4/25: As always, at THE GREEN MILL, 4802 N. Broadway, 1:30-3:45am, with
The Green Mill Quartet (Barely Winograd, bari sax; Bob Long, piano; Rick
Shandling, drums) for The After-Hours Jam Session.
SAT. 4/26: At 602 in Glendale Heights, 9:30pm-1am, with Souled Out.
SUN. 4/27: A benefit for The Animal Care League of Oak Park, at the Oak Park
Country Club, with John Lewis. Thanks, John and Kris.
I need to fill Saturday May 10 and 24, por favor. Call me at 708-222-6520.