All Posts by Larry Rivera

Being A Musician In 2022

This is my first actual post on this blog that created a couple of years ago. One reason was because, I was trying to get my friends involved in the whole being a musician on the internet. Guys guys I jam with I have been jamming with for the past 20 something or another years. At this point it may even been 30 years ago.

..ECK! I am getting old!

Sadly things didn’t go as I had hoped for many different reasons. But like many things I have delved into I am on my own trying to figure it all out. I have successfully been doing business online since around 2007. But for me, being a musician has always been just a hobby.  I decided at the age of 40 that we would take my hobby and love for music and see if it can apply internet marketing and social networking skills that I have learned over the years to music.

Most likely this isn’t going to get me rich or even make anything at all. I am just going to share my personal experience with music and gear. I’ll just see what happens. Today is the first day of many blog post to come on this blog from me.

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Cover Songs | Bobby McGee | Janis Joplin | Jam Session

So to continue this story after my buddy came over and we jammed out an old song we wrote I got a bug up you know where and went out and purchased a cheap pa system. I figured what the hell, if I am going to jam again I may as well at least sound good right?

Cover SongsThis time though, another buddy of mine and consequently my old drummer from my youth saw a video clip I posted on Instagram and was like I see you got your self a drummer.

Which we hadn’t I was just using a software drum machine. So long story short he came over and since we just start playing again we figured we would do a cover song.  My daughter sings so I asked to come jam with us.

Its funny how things work, because of this video my daughter landed a lead vocal spot in a local band. More on that story at another time though.

For now check out Bobby McGee Covered by Janis Joplin and of course us 🙂

What I find interesting is when I was a kid I didn’t want to play cover songs I was just interested in writing music. Fast forward 20 or so years and I enjoy playing cover songs.

It’s definitely a good way to get your skills back if you have played in a long time.

 

First Attempt At Jamming An Old Tune | My Guitar Story

I honestly thought that I would most likely never play guitar in a live situation again other than myself and my acoustic guitar and even then I didn’t think I would be playing in front of anyone again. It crazy how things work out.

This is my guitar story…

As the story goes, I really started playing electric guitar again because I was in the music store buying my daughter a new guitar amp and I made the foolish mistake of plugging a guitar into an amp.

Next thing you know I am buying a new guitar and well one thing led to another and invited over one of my childhood friends as well as the bass player in the band I was in when I was a kid.

At this point, I just thought it would be fun to get together and jam with my friend. I shared what we did on my Instagram channel and a funny thing happened. I will share that story on my next blog post.

Here is the video we recorded on that night.

I’ll share with you the next part of my guitar story in the next post.