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How To Know When You're Doing Something Right

Posted by bsed on Saturday, October 9, 2010

My band did a program for a middle school yesterday. We got them up doing a square dance (this was in the gymnasium) and it got so loud in there none of us could hear what the others were doing. I couldn't hear the banjo at all. I told our guitar player I was mainly trying to hear her chording to give me a clue that I was where I was supposed to be. She said she couldn't hear anybody but me, and that was the main guide to tell her what chords she SHOULD be playing! Meanwhile I'm concerned that I'm not keeping steady enough timing for the gal who was calling the dance, and I know she is real persnickety about rock-steady timing. One reason I know this is that her name is Lisa Ornstein. Many of you in the Chicago area will know her. She is a world-class caller. They don't come any better (Sorry, Phil J.) And I am just completely tickled and honored that she's been working with us when we've needed her. This event was the second time I've gotten to work with her, and at the end of both events she has come up to me and told me she likes dancing to my fiddling. (You can scoop my jaw up off the floor now.) So forgive me if I toot my horn a little bit here (OK, a LOT!), but somebody whom I respect a heck of a lot has paid me a very meaningful compliment.

15 comments on “How To Know When You're Doing Something Right”

mudbug Says:
Sunday, October 10, 2010 @3:46:57 AM

Congrats, Bruce! That's a great compliment from someone who ought to know. Years ago I played a few dances in a Quanset hut. Same problem. So boomy, you couldn't hear what you needed to. Some gigs you just gotta get through, and it makes you appreciate the great ones. Oh yeah, all your experience pays off when you're just holding on by the skin of your teeth.

Cyndy Says:
Sunday, October 10, 2010 @5:22:23 AM

A compliment from someone whose opinion you value--the best kind!

Sounds like the kids were having fun, too. Nice experience for all of you.

harwilli55 Says:
Sunday, October 10, 2010 @6:15:52 AM

What a wonderful compliment Bruce.....we are our own worst critics aren't we.....it is wonderful to feel validated by someone we know expects the best !!!

bsed Says:
Sunday, October 10, 2010 @6:00:32 PM

You betcha! And those are the folks I'd druther work with (under the theory that they force you to be a little better!)

robinja Says:
Monday, October 11, 2010 @7:45:26 PM

Awesome! Very cool - congratulations!

Watergal82 Says:
Tuesday, October 12, 2010 @10:38:40 AM

That's fabulous. You can't beat a compliment from someone you respect.

Your description of the noise level made me laugh.

richdissmore Says:
Wednesday, October 13, 2010 @11:26:33 AM

hi bruce when you are haveing fun and enjoying your music then other people will pick up on your enegery and enjoy it also you are a good player like others have said it validated your skillas a player

nancymae Says:
Thursday, October 14, 2010 @7:58:31 AM

What a wonderful story! It is so wonderful to get compliments from people you admire! I'm a fellow Wisconsinite...but live in the North Woods--really...between Crivitz and Mountain! If I ever get down to your neck of the woods...I'll give you a hollar!

Congrats again!

Nancy

fishinmusician Says:
Saturday, October 16, 2010 @12:28:54 PM

Hi Bruce,

Just got back from a two week vacation. While catching up on FHO, I caught up with your news. Congratulations. Lisa Ornstein is one of the very best, and it's really cool to get a compliment from her.

Hope to catch up with you again this Fall.

Dave

ssawyer Says:
Wednesday, February 2, 2011 @4:05:49 PM

that has to be one of the hardest kinds of dances to call/play for.....good job/ just for not pulling your hair out and running screaming out the door.
What kind of dances did she call do you remember what they looked like??.

ssawyer Says:
Wednesday, February 2, 2011 @4:15:28 PM

yes, what a treat for them kids to experience live music & dance...I commend you..I'm sure they will remember it..and sometimes it worked out better than the memory you have of it. I have memorizes of dances like that and when I see photo's of the dance sometimes I'm amazed how organized it looks [the circles are actually round- in my memory they weren't] and most important are the smiling faces..in my memory it was chaos. but in pictures it doesn't appear that way....Great job for just saying yes, to such a tuff crowd...

ssawyer Says:
Wednesday, February 2, 2011 @4:21:19 PM

if you can be patient, actually kids in that age range can pick up moves pretty quickly -and they have the energy too. they can pick up the grand right an left better/quicker than adults.

bsed Says:
Thursday, February 3, 2011 @6:01:50 PM

Well at this point I don't recall what Lisa called. But all your comments are true and valid!

eerohero Says:
Friday, September 23, 2011 @8:00:18 PM

I know, this is an old Blog for now, yet I wanted to send late congrats for you and wondering if this lisa Ornstein had Swedish roots ?, Ornsten means Hawk Stone on Swedish language.

Happenings like these makes you some inches taller
(in your mind it does). referring to these occasions, keeps you happy for the rest of your life.

things like these keeps me happy, I have one in my pockets, maybe later.Im quite busy at the moment making new songs to Eurovision song contest, huge happening in Europe,100 million TV audience at next Spring, in Month of May 2012.

I have same chances to win than anybody else, and the winner will receive an adress on the sunny side of the Street, I can tell.

eerohero Says:
Friday, September 23, 2011 @11:44:21 PM

sorry, Eagles Stone is the swedish translation of an Ornsten.

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