November 2016

I love to get together with friends and likeminded people who enjoy music as much as I do. We try to meet in coffee shops, someone’s rec room, or my hot tub. It is good clean fun and a great place to share stories. Fortunately, I have one large enough for multiple friends. Who doesn’t love a good soak in warm whirling water, plus being doused by fabulous jet sprays. I got a good unit with all the bells and whistles so we lack for nothing. Most of us where headphones and listen to the tunes of their choice. Summer is the best time to indulge in water recreation, but even in winter with the temperature turned up, we relish our time in the hot tub.

It was hard to make the decision to buy a hot tub as most people would rather have a swimming pool. I don’t have a big yard and it made sense to install something more on the diminutive side, although my research into the best hot tubs shows that they do come in larger sizes. You can spend whatever you like as there are deluxe models and I went mid-range. I am sure that the hours of communal fun will more than make up for the expense. My friends like the tub so much that I practically have to throw them out when it gets late. I am sure our cheerful voices wake the neighbors. I should invite them over to prevent any complaints.

Our conversation easily turns to music no matter where we are. As a DJ I have many odd stories to tell about venues I have played. At one party, everyone came dressed as cartoon animals and it made for a rollicking time. People act goofy when they are in costume, especially when there is a competition for best outfit. I get to witness all kinds of behavior at my gigs. There are times when it is a celebration for a birthday or an anniversary and things get festive and joyful and more on the serious side. I like big groups and they often make requests, but usually I am on my own and do what I like. I try to match the mood of the event and keep within the spirit of the people attending.

Meanwhile, I am back in the hot tub for a quick relaxing soak. This time I am alone as I didn’t have time to contact anyone in my group. I am listening to music and getting mentally ready for bed. I reflect on the previous evening and how well it all went. I met some special people who may join my coterie. One of them was a DJ himself. We share ideas and thoughts about the profession. He will surely be the next one I invite to the hot tub. I have outdoor speakers so I can play some music I am sure he will like. It’s better than headphones. We can talk as we listen and while away the evening with a cold glass of wine.

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Bored during the summer when all your friends are away? Not me. I can always get a DJ job. I am getting a bit of a reputation and have been known to accept two or more gigs a week. I make time as I love the role of spinmaster. I spent many hours learning the trade. I have photos to prove it and letters of recommendation. I am always looking so pass the word. During the summer, my venues are often outside. I love the summer nights when it is warm enough to wear shorts and flip flops. I am not a fashionista so this suits me just fine.

I recently accepted to work an outdoor party in someone’s backyard. They had a great big pool and an inflatable pool slide for kids and childlike adults. When I arrived, everyone was already at it. It was going to be an evening of water recreation. People were in the heated pool sipping exotic drinks that were also resting on trays attached to the pool’s side. The kids were too enthralled to be eating but a barbecue was going strong and hamburgers would be on the menu.

It was amusing to see the kids landing on an unsuspecting adult after they had descended the slide. Splat! It was comical because the adult was totally taken by surprise. This didn’t stop the same kid from going at it again and he was getting to be a nuisance. He loved splashing a lot when in the water and didn’t try to do proper swimming technique. I started my work and adjusted the music to the mood of the moment. People were free to make requests if you could tear them away from the inviting water of the pool. It was a lazy night with everyone doing what they wanted. Some just lazed on lounge chairs with a paper plate filled with a hamburger and grilled corn.

The evening wore on and nothing changed. The kids never tired of the inflatable water slide. Finally, the party host said that it was time to put it away. It was carried to the garage and the kids retreated to inside the house to watch TV. The adults were grateful and could communicate better in the new-found quiet. They now paid complete attention to my music. I was the center of attention, not the water slide. I tried to make it worthwhile and hoped that at least some guests would remain for a few hours more. They did. I find these backyard parties are so appealing that they last into the late night.

I made a bunch of money on this job and soon I would be off to the next one. It was in a club so the atmosphere would be so different. It is loud, dark, and crowded. You do what you have to. Meeting expectations is my forte. I want to be so good that I am hired back in no time.

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