Re: A question for the performing musicians
We don't get up on stage unless we like to play. Maybe my experience is atypical, but I have been in many situations where "sitting in," even on an ad hoc spur-of-the-moment basis, was welcomed rather than disapproved. "Wowing some people," in your somewhat snarky phrasing -- well, we're entertaining an audience, right? If the musicians onstage think that adding your contribution would make the music more entertaining, and they'd enjoy your participation, then it's a positive rather than a negative, IMHO.
Originally Posted by journeybear
There are a hell of a lot of people in the world telling us when not to play. Any performing musician with whom I'm acquainted, has dealt with a variety of strictures imposed on their creativity. Personally, I would much rather deal with the problems created by eagerness, openness -- yes, even with "desire to play and wow some people," if you must -- than with a variety of Music Police restrictions.
Doesn't excuse insensitivity, bad taste, selfish disregard for the musicians onstage and/or the audience. But I still disagree with the blanket "no."
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