Oakley’s Ghost Rises from the Dead !
After spending 20 Years Away from Western Mass… I returned from New York…expecting to find at least SOME things in “MusicVille” as they once were. SOME things are better…..the “Iron Horse” for example-I’ve been there three times in a week to see and hear INCREDIBLE bands! But, MANY things have faded away: MANY Music Stores are gone, Venues are Gone, Affordable Concerts are Gone and, while not limited to Western Mass, INTEREST in “music” itself seems to have taken a hike.
I KNOW that the musicians are here in the Pioneer Valley (I hear you breathing) and that we all have the same DESIRE to MAKE music….but I DO have to admit that after putting together the costs of buying gear, spending the time learning to play, buying gas, LUGGING gear around and shelling out a never-ending river of ca$$$h for other expenses involved in rehearsing and performing, only to find that the $9 you made “at the door” falls FARRRRRR short of the expenses incurred to do the gig is…well…downright depressing. 😦
Make no mistake, I don’t play to make money….VERY few of us do….but I SURE would like to find a few MATURE, Valley Residents, who have GREAT gear that they LOVE dearly and a set of ears to go with it,…. and Wonderful personalities ….people who might be interested in joining myself and a BRILLIANT lead guitarist in putting “Oakley’s Ghost” back in the saddle. I BELIEVE that we might be Collectively Known as DREAMERS….but ya’ can’t KNOW unless you try….right???
Type of music??? If you’d LOVE to hear something akin to “Tom Petty” or “Bruce Springsteen” coming off of the stage that YOU’RE performing on, and YOU have the talent and desire to make that music happen, we should talk. If we don’t end up playing together, perhaps we could all sit at one of our homes, sipping wine, eating cashews and enjoying MAGNIFICENTLY produced 5.1 DVD BluRays in our Home Theatres …WISHING that WE could be those we see….along with those who USED to support live music but no longer find music beginning at 10 pm, ending at 2 pm and interrupted by non-stop requests for “FREEBIRD” from one of those three drunks standing in the back an enjoyable thing to take part in. Wanna’? :^>)