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Doug Beaumier


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Post  Posted 26 Jul 2020 9:32 am    
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My friend and bandleader Rosie Porter recently made this cute comic based on my stories of learning to play pedal steel back in the day.


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Jim Fogle


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Post  Posted 26 Jul 2020 10:01 am    
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Correct, but cute. The drawing made me smile Smile

Did your bandleader and friend Ms. Porter also draw your avatar that's playing the steel with the mask on? Even cuter! Very Happy
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Doug Beaumier


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Post  Posted 26 Jul 2020 10:06 am    
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Yes, she drew my avatar as well. Smile
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Don R Brown


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Post  Posted 26 Jul 2020 10:30 am    
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Excellent cartoon, and so true. I started out trying to make excuses but have learned to just say "thank you". If they can't tell I'm just a hack, I guess it's not my job to tell them.
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Doug Beaumier


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Post  Posted 26 Jul 2020 10:44 am    
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Yes, and if you contradict them by pointing out what you think are your deficiencies, the person feels insulted, as the comic implies. It similar to when someone tells you who their favorite band is and you you say “nah... they’re not that good”. You’ve insulted their musical taste.
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Don R Brown


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Post  Posted 26 Jul 2020 2:45 pm    
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Doug Beaumier wrote:
Yes, and if you contradict them by pointing out what you think are your deficiencies, the person feels insulted, as the comic implies. It similar to when someone tells you who their favorite band is and you you say “nah... they’re not that good”. You’ve insulted their musical taste.




I have decided the ones who say they liked my playing are really saying in effect "Your music made me happy". If I then tell them I'm a low-skilled player, I'm putting down their feelings and belittling their taste. I've only been thanked a few times but it was sincere, so better to look at it as an indication that I AM getting somewhere in my learning regardless of how far there is still to go.

Now if we could only get this virus crap over with so I can be faced with that "problem" more often!
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Jerry Overstreet


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Louisville Ky
Post  Posted 26 Jul 2020 4:59 pm    
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Pretty cute comic. I learned my lesson several years ago after playing one of the local jamborees. A young boy, say 8 or 9 or so, came up and asked for my autograph.

I was stunned that anyone would want my autograph and so I laughed and said "You're kidding". He turned to his parents and said "Mom, he laughed at me."

I realized I had hurt the boy's feeling and tried to smooth it over by sitting down and talking with him and his folks for a bit, but I've never forgotten that and I always try to remember to be gracious no matter what.
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Doug Beaumier


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Post  Posted 26 Jul 2020 5:04 pm    
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Wow, great story, Jerry. There's a good lesson in there!
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Ian Rae


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Post  Posted 26 Jul 2020 11:16 pm    
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Don R Brown wrote:
If they can't tell I'm just a hack, I guess it's not my job to tell them.

Exactly, and what's wrong with kidding yourself for a few minutes? Smile
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