Teejay31
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SEEKING

Acoustic Guitar, Keyboard, Vocalist - Alto.

ABOUT

Seeking a like-minded Male or Female partner, near my age, for low-stress, low-impact Acoustic Open Mic performances – fluent in guitar or mandolin or keyboard, lead and background vocals. Located in the “Western Suburbs” of Chicagoland. I’m based in Lisle IL.

No specific equipment needed, except your instrument, and the talent/willingness to use it. And stout Harmony skills - e.g. the ability to "hear" harmonies without being taught (if you do this, you understand what I'm talking about). Originals and covers, a wide swath of musical styles defined by how we’d sound together and how our voices fit.

I am currently doing these solo gigs "solo", (I'm also in Random Tangent, a Classic Rock / Covers band), but I'm struck by how bare and sparse the “one man, one guitar” sound is, and how my stuff sounds like everybody else. I want to change the game, and add a second voice (harmonies) and second instrument, without the hassle and logistics of a full band (that nobody wants anyway).

My immediate goal - refine 4 songs a month for Open Mics, walk in, and play everywhere we can. Repeat the next month, and continue until July 2019, and then stop to assess where we are and do we enjoy it and what feedback we've collected. Re-evaluate as needed. I don't need or want paying gigs, or for you to drop everything else in life to do this. I don't mind Ego's, either: you cannot be a credible musician without an Ego - just be of an age that you can control it; it's cool.

See my influences; that’s where the material comes from. No money, no glory, no stress, no BS, not much politics (null 45). Only the simple satisfaction of a job well done, and playing on whatever stages we can find.

I do this ENTIRELY for the pleasure of doing it. I have material, arrangements, and no shortage of ideas, drive and inspiration. You could call music my "passion", but that's puerile and trite. Music is why I bother to get up every morning. I work a day job in order to fund my musical habit. I lack a place to rehearse.

I have been onstage, in one guise or another, since age 4. I'm addicted to it. And I've tried to give you a good idea of what you're getting into - happy to meet for a cocktail if you'd like to discuss further.

HEY - A FOOTNOTE: If you scan Bandmix regularly, you will have seen a few other posts from me over the years as my Projects have evolved. I don't get a lot of traction out of Bandmix - everyone is afraid to reach out, I guess, and some posters here don't even fill out their OWN profiles! But, if you happen to run a Covers / Classic Rock or 80's rock band, and need a member, I would be interested in talking - rhythm guitar and vocals, and arrangements. I'm Stout on all three!

Screen name:
Teejay31
Member since:
Jul 20 2014
Active within 1 month
Level of commitment:
Very Committed
Years playing music:
50
Gigs played:
Over 100
Tend to practice:
More than 3 times per week
Available to gig:
2-3 nights a week
Most available:
Nights

Influences

Please see my website, teejnet.com, or the attached tunes here, for a representative sample. If I listed Artists, you'd say "nah, I don't like that guy's stuff, but I know similar songs by someone else." It's gotta be a Partnership. I am beholden to no Genre - a good song is a good song. If I don't like the genre of any song, I'll change it fearlessly. Authenticity be damned - my goal is to perform well-done tunes, tight harmonies, in interesting arrangements - often down-tempo (though not always). Channeling pleasant music into this distressed, angry, divisive world.

Instrument experience:

Vocalist:
Expert
Rhythm Guitar:
Expert
Other Percussion:
Expert
Background Singer:
Expert
Acoustic Guitar:
Moderate
Bass Guitar:
Moderate
Keyboard:
Moderate
Piano:
Moderate
Mandolin:
Intermediate

EQUIPMENT

Much. I have a few nice Taylor, Fender, and Eastman acoustics, Mics, etc. I have other gear too - enough to sink an aircraft carrier, really... but what good is gear if you ain't playing? I also have a fully-professional, yet very-tiny recording facility - cramped, messy, but big-enough for me. My house is too-small to host, and it stresses the Bride; she has put up with this for 30+ years. :) The puppies don't care, but they're always underfoot and wagging and begging for treats: the best audience in the world, but they don't tip.

MUSIC