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    (For any non-natives, who may not recognise this English idiom: 'Break a leg' - the meaning and origin of this phrase)

    Not selling anything.

    Just hoping that kind people will wish me well with this show.

    And saying thanks.

    Because - and so help me, this is the truth - I couldn't have organised it without this forum to make me feel 'accountable' (and keep it real).

    Now I'm going to work (for a rest - joke!).

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    Break a leg! Proud to see you getting this out there!
    - Lawson
    "Whenever you come near the human race, there's layers and layers of nonsense." - Thornton Wilder, Our Town

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    Keep Smiling.

    (Best bandstand advice I ever received)

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    Toi, toi, toi!

    Robert (spitting over your left shoulder--don't thank me for that!)

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    Whenever one of my guitar or bass buddys tell me they have a gig, I tell them to "break a string!"
    Since they all know of my tendency for subtle sarcasm, they get it...and its all in fun.

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    I have always understood (perhaps mistakenly) that the phrase meant something akin to "give it your all".

    In any case, good luck!
    Best regards, k

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    It's both, a sort of cross between 'good luck' and 'go for it'.* But it did originate from actors not wanting to say good luck directly because they thought it might rebound on them.

    * I don't know if 'go for it' is a US expression. It's not so limp as 'give it your best shot', more 'get out there and show 'em!'.

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    Quote Originally Posted by lawson-stone View Post
    Break a leg! Proud to see you getting this out there!
    Thank you very much indeed.

    I'm very grateful to have found people to look up to on the forum, as this really challenges me to Walk The Line - between chaos and control (rather than 'toe the line'). I'd like go into this in more detail soon.

    Enough flowers and flattery for now - and back to the scheduled programme:

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    Quote Originally Posted by destinytot View Post
    (For any non-natives, who may not recognise this English idiom: 'Break a leg' - the meaning and origin of this phrase)

    Not selling anything.

    Just hoping that kind people will wish me well with this show.

    And saying thanks.

    Because - and so help me, this is the truth - I couldn't have organised it without this forum to make me feel 'accountable' (and keep it real).

    Now I'm going to work (for a rest - joke!).
    My friend, the late Morris Edwards actually told Steve Bernstein 'Break YOUR leg' before Bernstein went on at the Knitting Factory. I'm still chuckling over that one. Steve also laughed, I'm sure...

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    I usually say "knock 'em dead". I like to live dangerously like that.

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    A very interesting read...I always just took it as the meaning in the first paragraph--it's "bad luck" to say "good luck" so you wish "bad luck" and "good luck" happens...hopefully.

    But I never questioned why it was "break a leg" and not "My a stage light can fall and crush your skull."
    Jeff Matz, Jazz Guitar:
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    --The Ghost of Duke Ellington

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    Quote Originally Posted by mr. beaumont View Post
    ...and not "My a stage light can fall and crush your skull."
    Yikes... Off to set up the lights and projector for tonight. Pretty nervous, but that just means that I care.

    The next one's for a sextet (the drummer played with The Count Basie Orchestra under Frank Foster):
    JARDI BOTANIC DE LA UNIVERSITAT DE VAlENCIA

    These are my own promotions, i.e no agent.

    I've decided to share some advice kindly given to me by the late Blue Johnson (RIP), who passed away last September:

    "Hi Mike! You have an extremely unique and different "product". Unfortunately, it fits into a very "narrow marketplace" when it comes to commercial acceptance. Most world promoters are always very concerned about an artist's "drawing power" when it comes to ticket sales. They compute the artist's "drawing power" by his public popularity in their marketplace, CD sales (and downloads) and by whether or not, he blends with, or is complimentary to the other artists presented on the show. Most promoters are afraid to take a chance on something different from the mainstream music of the festival (which is why we continually see many of the same artists touring together on various "different" festivals.) I personally think that you would stand a better chance by approaching medium to small-sized venues, such as nightclubs and theaters, where you can hopefully build a large enough following to be able to approach the multi-band festival level. The question is: Do promoters know your music and believe in your "drawing power"? Can you show your CD sales numbers and downloads? Yes, a good promoter loves and believes in the music he presents but the bottom line that is always foremost in his mind, is.... "Can I sell it?" Most smart promoters want to know in advance that they have booked a "sure thing" that will draw the fans to buy tickets. I am not sure what level you are currently on, as far as number of CD's sold, etc., etc. but I hope this helps you."

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    Quote Originally Posted by Thumpalumpacus View Post
    I usually say "knock 'em dead". I like to live dangerously like that.
    Then there's:

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    How Django was guided to stage (0:23 in, from the Django movie we discussed in the players section):



    Robert

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    (Mobile phone) pic from last night:
    'May you break your leg...'-img-20170211-wa0000-jpg

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    It was a fabulous night. Really gratifying to have it performed in a theatre and on my own terms. The story went down really well (the protagonist starts off 'anti-socialised' by circumstances - but transcends them), and the orchestration sugar-coats what might otherwise be a bitter pill.

    Sorry to say so, but I'll add that it also feels marvellous to be independent of the kind of agents who are little more than leeches.

    On the other hand, playing in the restaurant (from which I'm writing) was surprisingly tough after last night. My Ovation sounds and feels great - and I'm having fun on Tele, looper and wah - but I feel it's time to go back to keeping it as short and as acoustic as possible when playing in public.

    I've been promised some more photos and some video of last night, which I'll post.

    Thanks for kind support.
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    Nice one DeeTee. I am looking forward to clips.

    Something different to the mainstream is challenging for player and public alike. I'm all for challenging music. No profit in it but the artistic pleasure is palpable. Just make sure to cover costs.
    “When a wise man points at the moon the fool considers the finger.”

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    Still waiting for video (recorded as a favour, and being converted from mini DV), but here are a couple of photos of the - er - Happy Event:
    'May you break your leg...'-group-live-heartbeats-wth-guest-toni-belenguer-photo-jac-depczyk-jpg
    'May you break your leg...'-mike-mckoy-live-photo-jac-depczyk-jpg
    'May you break your leg...'-ludwig-seven-piece-live-jpg

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    EDIT Great to talk about the album, but I thought of JGF - and smiled - when I was asked about 'gear'!
    194 march low by William McCarthy - issuu
    Last edited by destinytot; 03-07-2017 at 09:19 AM.

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    Having leafleting done to promote the next one (A6 flyers):
    'May you break your leg...'-frontal-jpg

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    Quote Originally Posted by destinytot View Post
    The next one's for a sextet (the drummer played with The Count Basie Orchestra under Frank Foster):
    Septet - not 'sextet'! (Doh!)

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    Wow!I gotta say you look like your creative soul is truelly being satisfied,reflecting a depth of intellectual and self expressive joy that is deep.Can't wait to hear that.