[Dixielandjazz] Fw: [TPIN] Kirk
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Sun Dec 7 14:11:38 PST 2003
This is worth passing on to the DJML...street musicians! This one wins first
----- Original Message -----
From: "Leonard C. Mayer" <frostclaws at juno.com>
To: <tpin at tpin.dana.edu>
Sent: Sunday, December 07, 2003 3:53 PM
Subject: [TPIN] Kirk
> Remember Kirk? The guy who auctioned off a gig of him wearing a chicken
> suit and playing his trumpet on eBay?
> He asked me to pass this email to me on.
> Kirk says:
> You send me an email asking how I am doing. Lots of adventures and
> adventures. Let me fill you in.
> I made a decision to try to make a living with my horn starting in April.
> order to do so, I had to get used to working in front of an audience. My
> audience was a bunch of children that played in a local playground. I
> to watch them playing so my music would be more playful. These kids
> started to appreciate my playing for them and make requests. They showed
> appreciation by going to a music store and pooling their little milk
> money to
> buy me a music book. I was touched. Of course I played that music over
> over for them. If was a fifties rock and roll for trumpet since some of
> kids liked Elvis. I also found by playing my music touched a lot of
> people. That was a hotel for shut-in a block away and someone told me
> looked forward to hearing me each day because they were shut-in. Also
> of shut-ins the local jail was nearby and prisoners said they could hear
> me and
> one man said it gave him hope because I happened to be playing religious
> that day.
> The Summer arrives and I put forth my plan to earn a living. The next
> step was
> to become a street performer. I made my debut on the 4th of July wearing
> red,white, and blue. As a street performer I wear many different
> and do comedy stchick and some magic and a lot more. I am trying to
> develop my
> act. At first, I make very little money but each day I go out I get a
> better and this is reflected in my earnings. My earnings have been
> from a dollar a week to a dollar a day to now about $2.00 a day.
> By Fall, I am ready to perform where the elite street performers
> practice, a
> place called Saturday Market. To say I was scared stiff would be an
> understatement. But I find the courage and perform. A week or two
> there and I suddenly encounter the professional rivalry and jealousy you
> about in show business. I knew I would encounter it. I only thought I
> encounter it when I was about to make a name for myself. Not at the
> bottom of the show business ladder. Anyway what happened is I was
> scheduled to
> perform in a spot. Only someone else a drummer was there performing. I
> politely inform him I was schedule and he would have to stop. Well he
> was to stop. He said he need the money. Well I told him I need the
> Then he offer me $10.00 if I could give him the spot. I said: "No, I
> also need
> to practice in front of an audience." I was also kind of insulted. I
> knew I
> could make a lot more than what he offered but his offer was his opinion
> of my
> musical talent. Anyway, he didn't want to go. So I set up and start
> Obviously he didn't have a high opinion of my talent. He started playing
> drums behind me. I listen to see if he was playing along. He wanted.
> He was
> purposely disrupting me. Not I don't care how good he performer he
> thought he
> was or how bad a performer I may have been but to disrupt another
> when it is their turn on stage is extremely unprofessional and extremely
> rude. After enduring a minute or two of him disrupting me and really
> off my playing, I had enough and yelled at the guy. Remember, I am
> known for
> clobbering with my horn for disrupting me while I am playing. It didn't
> that far but I was angry enough to hurt this guy.
> A week later I saw this guy again. He has something to say to me. He
> me: "You're a good trumpet player but you don't take your seriously. I
> just starting to get into your music and then you do some corny shit.
> don't take music seriously!" I was wearing a propeller beanie and so I
> taking life seriously. "You mean corny like this?" I pull out a bicycle
> and honk it at him.
> "Yeah, you can't be corny like that."
> "Hey I can be anything I want. I happened to be corny.
> "But,...it embarrassing!"
> "I'm not embarrassed. You shouldn't be embarrassed for me. I'm just
> fun and giving people cheap laughs." I honk my horn again. Meanwhile he
> rants on and on about me being corny and I'm thinking: "My god, just how
> is this guy?"
> Other adventures. I've told you one of my goals is to be booed off the
> stage. Will I recently came to realize just how hard a road I've taken.
> perform up to twelve hours and I have yet to endure the rigors of the
> The next step it to get a widespread audience in the city and to that
> goal, I
> will be advertising in the yellow pages. I also need to set up a
> web-page and
> will be running more "I need a gigs auctions on eBay.
> That pretty much catch me up now. I noticed you are part of a trumpet
> internet group so you can forward this to other members and let them know
> how I
> am doing and I hope to hear from them as well. If you want to correspond
> me, my e-mail is
> wotrkingkirk at yahoo.com. The address you have been sending email to me, I
> rarely access so I missed a lot of your emails.
> I hope to hear from you soon.
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