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GUEST,Texas Guest Getting paid to sing in Retirement Cent. (44) RE: Getting paid to sing in Retirement Cent. 14 Jun 07

M.Ted - you are right about that publication and as far as I know they have a book for every metropolitan area of the country. The book is called, "New Lifestyles: The Source For Seniors," and is
available free of charge at:

To Chris - yeah, big band stuff is harder to play but you can break the songs down (go online and look up - - tons of lyrics and chords to big band and standards) and they'll work out.
I am a folkie and never thought I'd be doing stuff like: Beyond The Sea, Sentimental Journey and I'm Gonna Sit Right Down And Write Myself A Letter along with my stuff such as - My Grandfather's Clock,
Sixteen Tons, Gentle On My Mind and The Yellow Rose Of Texas - a lot of fun stuff.

Playing for free is certainly honorable, and I'll come down on my fees when possible, but the fact is that I am hired by a corporation
and paid by a corporation. Yes, you play for the folks and at very
low end facilities, nursing, rehab and memory units I would find it virtually impossible to look those residents in the eye and say, "You can't afford me" - so the fee gets lowered. Needless to say, in some cases it doesn't, but you have to draw a line somewhere. Music is an art; and, to many of us it is also a business - balance is in constant movement. Cheers.

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