What do you do, when a session is shite?
Yesterday night was one of these nights again, when I asked myself why on earth I left my cozy sofa to drive into the city center and land in a bad session.
To be fair, I was in a very bad mood, because I just learned that a friend of me had died. I really forced myself out of the house to distract myself and went to my weekly session in an unfortunately very famous pub in Dublin. When I arrived, there were the usual musician plus a huge group of tourists or whatever - and no places left. I waited and hoped that some of them would leave, but there was no chance. Instead, they were just sitting there, cradling their instruments most of the time. Luckily, I knew about another session where a friend plays every week and I just left, drove through the whole city and eventually had a great night.
Maybe, I am just oversensitive, but I really ask myself, why people just don’t stand up to make place for other musicians, if they don’t know the tunes. Why does everyone thinks he or she can join in a session, although they clearly don’t have a clue? In this Thursday session of mine we have had so far an Elvis impersonator, a guy with a very shrill and loud flute from Eastern europe, a Jazz clarinet player, an opera singer, a drummer, who took the table and the glasses for a drumkit, a guy with a cajon and many other kinds of session wreckers. Most of the time, I just try to ignore these guys, but sometimes, like yesterday, I can’t. This is one of my nights out. I am always looking forward to it. I spent a lot of time to learn the tunes and everything in order not to piss off the other musicians. I think it is a matter of respect. I am so wrong?
So, what do you do, when something like this happens in your session? Do you fake a fire alarm and then sneak back into the bar, when all the session wreckers are gone? Do you throw a stink bomb? Or do you just go to the bar and get pissed?