Making the Best of any Opportunity


This is as much for me as it is anyone else reading this. It is easy to get bogged down in the to do list and forget that each opportunity is an opportunity to make the best out of any set of scenarios presented to you. When you book an event the event does not make nor define you, unless you let it. The key is that you make the event. No matter if it is a coffee shop gig for 25 bucks and a free latte, you make it the best 25 buck gig that place has ever seen.
Here is the logic.
Was CBGB’s any different from any dive bar in the Bowery? Not really. The groups and the community surrounding it made the scene. Arguably they may have composed most of its crowd but nonetheless they created an excitement and helped spark the flame that tipped the boat into Punk Rock. If not for events being made by the artists the public would have grasped onto something else and the one or two bands that tried to make a go of it would have given in to frustration and quit.
This is just one example.
I can also bet good money that there were bars all around that area that had live music and we don’t remember a darn one of the bands that played in the year Punk broke.
Is Punk seemingly bigger now than it really ever was when it was being publicized, maybe so, but it reverberates to this day, that is my point. Without the initial will of the people surrounding it and nurturing (yeah that kind of contrasts: Punk and Nurture but I am brainstorming here) it there would be no reverberation.
Start where you are. Scenes became scenes because people drew attention to them. Same with Grunge, same with Metal, same with Memphis in the 50’s. A scene is just an empty space, a room of brick and mortar, a bar full of Bowery drunks who get invaded by a bunch of kids with safety pins stuck in them. People make it thus.
Small or large it all starts from nothing. Just like your music.
It has to be cultivated before it can be manifested.

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