Tell us about the sweetest gig youíve ever had in the studio or live.
Have you ever done a lucrative gig that was so easy or so fun you couldnít believe you were getting paid for it? Ever had the opportunity to work with one of your musical idols? In short, tell us about a time in the studio or at a gig where you thought, "I canít believe they actually call this work!"
Most amazing performance ever...
Not a "gig", but still a great (true) story:
Some years ago my cousin went shopping for a new banjo at a music store here in So Cal (I think it was "House of Strings"). The salesman showed one of their best banjos, well beyond what he could afford, so before he put it back, my cousin decided to go out in a blaze of glory by playing "The Ballad of Jed Clampett". This is like playing "Stairway to Heaven" in a guitar store... it should have cost him some kind of a fine.
However, the expression on the salesman's face soon changed, first into shock and then into a big grin, and he kept looking at someone over my cousin's shoulder. Finally, my cousin stopped playing and turned around to see what the fuss was about... and there stood Buddy Ebsen himself! Buddy had just walked into the store to get new strings for his violin.
My cousin says Buddy just smiled, gave him a nod and said, "I like what yer' playin' there", and enjoyed the serendipity of the moment.
We talked about this for years afterward, wondering who we could conjure up with the right combination music, place and time. Now that's the ultimate gig!