“You get what you pay for,” or as the grammar-nerd in my likes to correct, “You get for what you pay.”
Music doesn’t make a whole lot of money. Sure, there are some superstars, but that’s the exception. For every superstar, there are hundreds and thousands of musicians (and drummers) who play for fun, play for tips, play for food, and play for beer.
Music, even as a hobby, is not cheap. Let’s break it down to it’s cheapest form:
Buy a guitar. That’s a couple hundred dollars, at least.
Take lessons. You can either take lessons and pay someone for it, or you can learn yourself. Either way, you’re spending your time. Someone once said time is money.
Learn songs. You have to hear songs before you can learn them, which probably means purchasing (or stealing, whichever your conscience lets you do) songs.
There you go. You’re still looking at several hundred, maybe even thousands, of dollars. No biggee.
The masses don’t always understand what it takes to have music for an event. I get that. I don’t know what all it takes to build a hospital. But I do ask others that build hospitals what kind of money it takes to build hospitals. If I can’t afford it, I don’t build hospitals. If music is expensive, I guess you’ll just have to go without.
Something that also goes into having music is amplification. Most every bar, restaurant, clothing shop, and gas station in Nashville has a PA system because they all have live music. However, go outside of the city limits, and people don’t always think about these things. I get it. However, it then puts the musician in a tough place – somehow it becomes the musician’s job to now track down a PA system.
The life of a beginning artist – you learn who your friends are. The ones that have PA systems. The ones that let you borrow those PA systems. The ones that have it ready to go at a moment’s notice. The ones that let you use it rent free. Man, I love those friends.