Say Yes

To everything.

‘Please stab yourself repeatedly in the eye with this courgette’.

Apart from that.

Here’s an example: Cliff Richard calls you for an audition. You may be a massive Cliff fan, as I am *, so you’ll naturally say ‘Yes!’. But what if you’re such a massive fan that you’re scared to death of playing in front of Cliff and messing up. What if you’re not ready? Or, what if you’re not a fan of Cliff’s music?

Whatever your inclination, I’d advise you to say, ‘Yes!’

And then either you get the experience or you get a story.

* I am actually a massive Cliff fan. I think he’s spot on when he says he’s the most radical man in rock. He could tell you all about the 2 i’s Coffee Bar and the birth of rock in the UK, The Shadows, he’s sold more singles than anyone AND he’s actually alive. He likes tennis. He can roller skate. I’m a HUGE fan. I like him the same way I like Lemmy. I can imagine them having a good old chinwag about early Rock ‘n’ Roll, getting completely ratted on three rum punches and talking about Nazi memorabilia.

Comments on Say Yes

  1. Mike Outram says:

    Go, Angus! This calls for some solo trombone recording. Let’s make a track; it will be killer :)

  2. angus says:

    having been wisely advised many times never to turn down a gig, when teignmouth jazz festival rang and asked me to do a solo gig, i was confused as to why they’d want an enthusiatsic amateur trombone player to do such a thing, but gulped and said ‘yes’. only after probably sensing the hesitation/bravery in my voice did the guy ask ‘you are mike outram aren’t you?’ cue sightly awkward moment and handing on of phone number
    = pride for saying yes and relief for the mistake!

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