Do NOT sell your Juno-106. Do NOT sell your Rhodes 88.
Go meet and hang out with the Roots. They're opening for your band, after all.
+1 on the Juno 106. I had a mint condition model which I bought in 1990 for £130. It was a nice synth, but I was craving a keyboard with real sounds, so kept trading in the Juno/JX/juno60 analogs, until I got a U20 - I had arrived lol!
I’ve made lots of bizarre decisions and it would be really easy to beat myself up over them, and I have done at times. Ultimately though, it’s important not to have regrets because we don’t live life and make decisions in hindsight. Every decision I made in my life had some rhyme and reason to it at the time, even if some of those decisions look daft today.
What lessons can I draw from my past for today, and for going forward?
That’s the question I think.
Roland RD700NX Nord Electro 5HP Korg Kronos2 61 Roland Jupiter 8 Roland JX3P Roland D50
Re: Keyboardists, if you could do things again...
As they say, hindsight is 20-20. But the fact is the family I grew up in had more influence on what I ended up doing for a career than me. My parents had me take music lessons when I was young, but it was with a teacher that was not qualified to teach on a instrument I did not like at all.
I decided to go to work in the family small business because when I was going through high school, most academic students wanted to be school teachers and I couldn't wait to graduate and get out. A college degree was not necessary in those days, but I was not planning 40 or 50 years ahead when I got out of high school.
I'm over 70 now and most of the small businesses I grew up around are gone. Its difficult to get any kind of job where I can make a contribution to the company in order to be worth more than a low paying job.
And Finally, I wish I was able to keep ONE of my Oberheims, but the IRS had other ideas. Always pay your taxes on time.
Yamaha Motif ES8, Alesis Ion, Prophet 5 Rev 3.2, 1979 Rhodes Mark 1 Suitcase 73 Piano, Arp Odyssey Md III, Roland R-70 Drum Machine, Digitech Vocalist Live Pro. Roland Boss Chorus Ensemble CE-1.
I'd listen to other people's blather less and more to my own inner voice. Alan Moore once said "The audience doesn't know what it needs. if it did, it would be the artist." I know who my "betters" are and that's never been an issue; its all been *training*. I've always been oddly ahead somehow, because I recognized that key module early on. Doug Stanhope once said "You know you have a problem when your therapist tells you that the voices in your head are not only real, they're ACCURATE!" I don't have to outdo anyone else; I only have to outdo myself. Imagine the world of music, even the world entire, if only more people could make that huge, simple leap.
Bill Champlin: "I'd like to run the last 20 years of my life through auto-correct." David Foster: "Yeah and quantize it to the nearest three commandments."