Re: Pre Concert Rituals??
When hired as a sideman, I had the habit of calling the leader around noon, and reviewing with him the rules for the evening, and mess with his brain. I would tell him, ok - we start at 7.... brown suit... dixie clarinet, right? .... while knowing that it was an 8pm gig in tuxes on jazz tenor. I used to love doing that.
But for the past .... uh.... lots of years, being a leader, I have come to repent of that practice.....
Now, my ritual consists of arriving one hour early, and scoping the stage and restrooms.... and if a sit-down gig, finding the best chair.
(sorry -- no lucky reeds, favorite argyle socks, or any of that.... reality beat that stuff out of me in the '70's)