I procured my CTA performer's permit today. Gonna try my hand at playing in a brass trio with my friends Ellis and Jerry down in the bowels of Chicago's Transit Authority. I've street performed before but never in a group and never in a train station.
I have a badge that I need to "wear prominently." I wonder how musician's union pension comes out of what we make?
Anyway, we're going to try to be at one of the 4 designated spots (Lake Red & Blue lines and Jackson Red & Blue lines) during some rush hours this holiday season. I'm guessing the 4-6pm rush hour is more in our time-table but we may try to make a morning or two.
Please email or facebook me if you would like a heads-up as to when we may be down there.
On a personal note, I saw the Muppet's Movie yesterday and I have to admit, after the new tune "Pictures In My Head" by Kermit, my eyes weren't dry for the remainder of the movie.
I suspect this was due to the following things:
1) That brand new song Kermit sings is awesome and touching. It touched me in a way that said, "How could you forget us?" and my soul responded, "I don't know, life happened?"
2) The old tunes resonated a chord in me that hadn't been plucked in a while. That old music played by Rowlf on classical Piano and Dr. Teeth and the Electric Mayhem (Especially Zoot and Animal) inspired me in ways I didn't realize until I heard it again.
3) Jason Segal was the perfect bridge from that era to this one. All the cameos were fun and made me happy, nay! Giddy.
4) After a week when I hosted my parents, did 9 christmas shows (including 2 noon matinees), 3 early promo appearances (WGN, ABC, and Macy's), I think my Monday day off needed a physical and emotional release.
Honestly, I had better shows today because of Number 4 in this list. I'm going to have better composition and arranging success in 2012 because of Numbers 1 and 2. Dunno what to say about Number 3 except, Yay, Cinema!