The Dreaded Day Job

Day Job It ain’t easy when a musician has to get an actual job. It’s a big leap, let me tell ya. You might have to develop a whole new personality. You can’t walk around with a beer, cracking crass sexist jokes, swearing and sleeping under your desk. Geez, I, along with everyone else – I wasn’t singled out just because I was a musician – had to take a class in sexual harassment. And I thought I already knew all about it…

I had this office job in a corporate environment, when I thought that I didn’t want to play steel guitar anymore and had turned down gigs with Johnny Paycheck and the Flying Burrito Brothers, and one of the first things I learned at that job, from a cute little customer service rep who took pity on a poor lost musician, was how to CYA – Cover Your Ass. If something went wrong with an order or a customer or a job you didn’t want be the fall guy, so you made sure every email, contract and phone call was documented so you could show the CEO that it wasn’t your fault if the shit hit the fan. Hell, office politics were all new to me. If you ever read “Dilbert” you know what I’m saying – Cubicle Hell!

Steel and Amp Cover ComboIt’s also a good thing to CYSG – Cover Your Steel Guitar. When you leave it set up at a club or a studio all week like a lot of players do – Pete Drake had guitars in studios all over town – you don’t know what might happen to it. Over zealous cleaning personnel, rambunctious kids, leaks in the roof, tourists wandering around, some other steel player trying to steal some licks off your guitar…

Anyway, I keep my guitar and amp covered when I’m away from them. The black and red retro colors knock me out, and they’ve even got a C# on them. Available at Sharp Covers Nashville – sans the C# – but you gotta get your order in soon if you want it by Christmas.

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