Madison Magazine June-July 2019 - Page 20

“This is mostly something to do as a hobby and try to get people to enjoy it, the music, because there is so many people out there that like it and that is the goal,” Neal said. “What we want to do is make people happy with the music that we play. With things going on in the world today, people want to kind of relax.” Sometimes though, the band can find themselves stressed when a member doesn’t show up or is late to the perfor- mance. Stivers said that there have been times when he has had to play both the keyboard as well as the bass. Since he is able to play a handful of instruments, including the trumpet, piano, bass, vocals and guitar, he of- ten can come to the rescue. “I made a living doing it, and I had to do it all. If you came in and they say, ‘Oh so and so is not going to be here tonight, you play the bass,’ I say, ‘OK’ and that is how I learned,” Sti- vers said. “It was by necessity.” “Right now if our bass player was to not show up, is late get- ting there, he plays the bass notes on his left hand and plays the keyboards with the right hand,” Neal explained. “So it’s really good to know if you are in a pinch.” Setting up their band equip- ment is the hardest aspect, according to Neal and Stivers, along with getting the sound balance adjusted where it is comfortable for everyone. “You want to get a good mix and get everything going just the way you want it,” Neal said. “It is extremely hard, and everyone has different ears and levels of comfort.” While, like anything, the band has some days that are more difficult than others, they love what they do because they love music. “I like doing it because I have done it for so long.,” Neals said. “It’s like driving a truck, once you’re a truck driver, you are a truck driver. And pretty much, once you are a musician, it stays in your blood, you know. You are always wanting to play music or listen to a stereo, mu- sic is always in our blood and we enjoy it is the main thing.” Stivers agreed saying that seeing the audience reaction is always something that keeps him going. “Once you see someone out- side laughing and clapping af- ter you get done, that gives you more determination to play,” Stivers said. “You play harder.” Neal said that he also loves to play because no matter how long you play, you can pick up something new each time you do it. “You never learn it all,” he said. “Every time I sit down by a set of drums, you pick up on something. Especially if you are watching another drummer because each musician learns from each other.” Stivers echoed that statement saying that if you just stay with it, and don’t quit you will always get better at what you are doing. “If you are interested you will get better,” said Roy. “That is the bottom line to pretty much CBD Oil 100 Bayview Drive, Suite 4 • Richmond, KY 40475 HOURS: Monday - Saturday 10-7:30 Sunday 12-5 859.408.7108 20 Madison Magazine J U N E - J U LY 2 0 1 9 whatever it is you are doing.” The two Silver Creek mem- bers said that local music has the ability to grow in Madison County, but that a big problem hindering that is the lack of places to play and showcase their songs. “It is a shame that as much music as people listen to, that they love, there is no place around here to play,” Neal said. “And there is a ton of musicians here in Madison County, some of the best you have ever heard. But there is no one who sup- ports them.” The duo also noted that local residents only really pay atten- tion to the acts and big name bands that come to the Center for the Arts on Eastern Ken- tucky University’s campus and aren’t aware of local bands, or their performances. Neal talked about one of the Center for the Arts’ recent big named headliners, Willie Nelson. They noted that even when there is a turnout as big as Nelson’s crowd, the audience doesn’t appreciate the musi- cians sharing the stage. “If you have someone up there that people know, say for instance Willie, his musician makes him,” Neal said. “The musician hardly gets any recog- nition and it is the man that is up front that gets it all. These musicians are the best, and they are the ones that make that man out in front.” “They are 50% of it in my book,” Stivers said. Both said that it’s very rare that performers have people that recognize the band itself for what they do, and if they do recognize them, it is very short recognition. One thing that Stivers and Neal said can be done to help local musicians in Madison County would be for people to actually come out and support them. “It’s great that people support the big guys,” Neal said. “But there are so many good musi- cians right here in our own backyard.” Partner With Us To Improve Your Health! At Bluegrass Family Pharmacy, You’re more than just a customer. We care about your well-being. 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