This is for the poor misguided souls looking for a free bassist in Louisa, but it really pertains to anyone who thinks musicians should play for free. I'm a former church music director. I quit when the church told me I would not be compensated for funerals any longer. Since I also had a full time job, I would have LOST money for work and transportation. They told me it was what God wanted. Your pastor gets paid. Anyone who provides a thing of value - fuel, electricity, etc. - gets paid. But somehow there are those who think God doesn't want musicians to be fairly compensated for their talents. Here's a quote in response: "If you believe you're doing God's work, anything is justifiable." Like The Inquisition. Salem Witch Trials. Priests who abuse altar boys. Pay musicians fair compensation for their talents and stop demanding something for free. God is the only one who knows what His work is, all else is sheer arrogance.
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