The joys of being a recording musician is you work so hard to produce a product and you send it out to the media in hopes of getting great reviews and selling tons of records because of them. I sometimes forget that it can work the opposite from time to time. Now, I have to say I have been very very lucky in my career to not get ripped apart all that often. I can remember Ken Eisner from the Georgia Straight tearing a strip of my band Crash and it’s first release. He tore it apart from every angle, the music, the packaging, the sound…everything. I survived that attack and have gone on to be a part of many great recordings as a sideman and as of just recently my fourth as a leader. Well, I got my first review from Peter Hum and although its disguised in many places as a good review, it’s actually not a good review for me at all. Don’t get me wrong there are some nice things that are said about me but the overall scope of the review is not good. Peter Hum has been good to me in the past with his reviews and I’m certainly not mad at him for giving my CD a mediocre to bad review…afterall…that’s the risk you take. I have to say though it burns me a bit. I didn’t think I would care or feel bad but I do a little bit.
In any event, I’m really proud of the record and I think it turned out fantastic and in the end that is really all that matters. Musicians always say something ‘I really don’t give a shit what critics think.’ etc. but the fact is we really do care what they think. It’s part of the game.
Okay, I’m back to learning stock licks and being derivative because that’s what I do and I’m damn proud of it!