ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

Just a One Man Band

Updated on February 2, 2012
My good ole' Jackson
My good ole' Jackson | Source

I've been a musician playing in bands off and on for 25 years or so. Luckily I haven't been arrested for sticking my finger out of my pants' zipper like Jim Morrison of The Doors, overdosed on drugs like at least a couple dozen other musicians, or shot to death while playing on stage like Dimebag Darrel of Pantera and Damage Plan. It has been quite a ride though. I will say that.

My first actual band was a rock band in 1988. I played bass. We practiced in the warehouse of the guitarist's father. It was a learning experience, both in playing with other musicians and in dealing with the politics of the boys in the band. I did well at the former lesson, but the latter was what I failed at. Those were good times though.

My latest endeavor which was an 80s metal retro band, had a good start then sort of fizzled out. The energy dwindled, and for me interest suddenly lost. As we get older, it becomes harder and harder to maintain the enthusiasm, and find the time to play like I used to. Band members' priorities change. The music takes a back seat to work, kids, skiing, the Denver Broncos games etc.... So now I find myself wanting to do more, go at it again. For at least this moment, I'm a one man band.

I saw a metal band called Machinery Cell. There were two guys on stage. They prerecorded the drums, and bass. One of the guys sang and another played guitar. I had a "Eureka" moment. If they can do it with two guys, I can do it with one. How about that? So I set about the recording process. I never did get around to setting this up live. I found just recording and putting the songs on the internet was quite rewarding, if not monetarily, then with personal satisfaction.

Making a living at music just doesn't happen to everyone, and certainly not me most of the time. I did put on a solo tour from Arizona to Florida one year though. It was profitable. Let's see, I won a guitar contest in Arizona, played from there through Texas, wound up hitting New Orleans, took a slight detour through Memphis (highly recommended by the way,) played a "rainy night in Georgia" (litterally- it was raining hard that night,) and woke up in Central Florida one morning. I decided touring was too rough for me. Florida was going to be home for a bit.

The cool thing is that in modern times with the ease of recording through software on computers, it's fairly easy to do. I simply overdub the tracks of various instruments (which is done in most modern studios anyway,) For pieces I need some percussion on, I can use programmed drums. See my hub entitled Create Beats With Hydrogen Drum Machine. Put it on Reverb Nation or some other site that hosts live streams of the music and there you go. Promote them on FaceBook and other social networking sites. You're a one man (or woman) band band too.


    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment
    • James A Watkins profile image

      James A Watkins 

      7 years ago from Chicago

      White Summer. I have several Hubs about the band under that name. Thanks for asking. :)

    • Portamenteff profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from Western Colorado, USA

      What's the name of the band?

    • James A Watkins profile image

      James A Watkins 

      7 years ago from Chicago

      I enjoyed your fine story. I played in rock bands from 1966 to 1991. I still play once every other year at my old group's reunion concert.

      Thank you for publishing this interesting Hub.


    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at:

    Show Details
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the or domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)
    ClickscoThis is a data management platform studying reader behavior (Privacy Policy)