I have decided that it may well be true that these are two very important things that separate a professional musician from an amateur: having children and touring. This is one of the reasons that choosing to be a professional musician is perceived (perhaps logically) as a young, childless person’s game.
Touring and putting off having children are both things that younger musicians do, but find increasingly difficult to juggle as they get older.
Last week was the annual Bandzoogle Employee Meetup, complete with husbands, wives, boyfriends, girlfriends, and kids. Having kids while being an active musician seems to add an extra layer of complexity, and it's an issue that many musicians, especially female musicians, face during their career.
I’ve also been thinking a lot lately about touring – is it a necessary part of a band’s evolution?
Djangirov had a masterful solo during a classical/jazz fusion piece, “Variations on Bach’s Prelude in C# Major.” Botti didn’t bring out a vocalist until near the end of the first set, that being Sy Smith who belted out “The Very Thought of You.” Veronica Swift did “Embraceable You” and Jonathan Johnson sang the operatic “Time to Say Goodbye.” Smith returned near the night’s end leading all through a romp of Al Green’s “Let’s Stay Together,” with Botti plucking two enthusiastic 9-year-old girls, Hyannis’s Angelina Lessa and Centerville’s Raelyn Vincent, from the crowd to go up on stage and dance.
(After the show, they got to meet him and take photos.) It was a night of spirited music, racing across multiple genres, and witty chat.
Botti once again called the Melody Tent “one of our favorite venues in the world to play,” and, while veteran concertgoers may smile and hear that compliment as business-as-usual baloney, I get the sense Botti means it, digging the intimacy this theater-in-the-round experience gives.