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Bryon Tosoff

10/29/2020 12:47:00 PM ---- Updated 10/29/2020 8:23:22 PM

Self Employed or ?
I have been self employed for the last 40 years mostly from being involved in teaching music, doing gigs on occasion, and some of those years being involved in the construction industry, two completely different vocations. Challenging at times indeed although learned a lot and managed alright.

Anyone else been self employed. Curious.

On another subject
Lately I have been in the twilight zone zombied out, a kind of a roller coaster ride dealing with my fathers death
Theodore, Fleet as his friends called him was a self made man, a veteran of WWII and will be so very much missed.
With this Covid thing, we were unable to see him since January as he was in a complex care facility and there was a lockdown in place there as in so many other places. That was tough, A few months ago the nurses thinking he was gone they phoned me up and gave permission to get in to the facility,and I rushed to the place went through all the checks, temperature thing,myriad of questions, , got on the protective garb according to the requirements and spent a number of hours with him . And the Nurses said, they never seen anything like it,Ted perked up after going ghostly white and keeled over, with very little pulse, he held on for another couple months and passed away Oct 8 we buried our father on tuesday oct 27 , its been a roller coaster ride of emotions as all you would imagine

I am not in any focus at all musically,, that has completely disappeared and evaporated. Feel no inclination and or desire or motivation ,have not touched the acoustic piano in 6 months, my fav instrument ,done some dabbling for others, and hope to get back in the saddle some time, as for the piano, I look at it, and wonder when I will get the groove back and the feeling to do something. Its a big blur of sorts. like being in a jail locked up from self expressions

regards and best wishes

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10/29/2020 3:15:16 PM

yes self-employed for 34 years. kinda hate it though. used to be more successful, of late less so.

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Mike Lance

10/29/2020 3:44:56 PM ---- Updated 10/31/2020 11:10:55 PM

I wish I was. Presently I am a manager in retail and it's pretty taxing. I know being self employed would be as well, but what I do lacks the intrinsically rewarding factor I expect self employment would have.

My condolences on the loss of your father, Bryon.

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10/29/2020 4:50:53 PM

Yo Bryon, time and tide waits for no man, I believe you have the
strength to deal with the trials and tribulations you are currentley
going through! Been there myself, Pa in 1987 and Ma in 2004,
tough but educational!

Yep, been 'self' employed for 28 years, but finally called it quits in
September, the fever has laid it to rest!

Likewise, have not plugged the guitar in now for over 2 years,
band is scattered to the winds and the incentive is not strong

Meanwhile, enjoying some home cooked rice and prawns dish,
and listening to Pink Floyd - Momentary lack of Reason album,
safe in the knowledge that good times will return!

All the best Man!

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10/29/2020 8:04:44 PM

deepest condolences, Bryon..

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10/29/2020 9:52:14 PM

So sorry about your recent loss Bryon. Praying God's comfort for you and your family. It's a tough thing to lose your loved one and especially in this Covid environment. My sister is currently in a nursing home. She has a rather severe case of MS. Several of her nurses have tested positive for Covid. We are so scared that she is going o get it as there have been an extreme amount of deaths in these facilities here in California. I cant go see her and I am sure that she feels very isolated without contact from the family. It's all very frustrating.

In answer to your question. I have been retired from my day jobs since 2003. I have lived on my retirement money and subsidized that with music industry money from teaching/vocal coaching, music publishing and work for hire gigs in the studio. I also earn money from royalties on my stage plays (whenever they are in production) and an assortment of local TV projects. In addition to that I often farm out my studio to artists and charge them for my recording engineering services. So, yes/no I am self employed but retired at the same time. Meaning, I only work when I want to work. If someones project does not inspire me I turn it down. I have spent many sessions with artists whose music totally repulsed me. I just won't do that anymore. Occasionally I will do a full song demo package for a songwriter or lyricist that does not produce music. Those projects can be quite lucrative depending on the writers budget. You can tell how serious a writer is when you start to talking money. The fakers just fade on away. Nothing from nothing leaves nothing. I make it known right away that i am not free. Slavery ended! You have got to know your own worth. So glad that you are able to eek out a living doing what you love Bryon. Keep doing your thing brother! Much Respect, Stoneman

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Lars Mars

10/29/2020 10:07:28 PM

Bryon, very sorry to hear of your loss.

He sounds like an awesome man, both from this and other things you've written about him.

The WWII generation is the greatest generation ever. They were born into a world in shreds (World War I and the Spanish Flu Pandemic), grew up in the Great Depression and when it was their turn to take on life a madman sparked an even larger and more destructive war and they had to fight that or die trying.

Once they won the peace, they rebuilt the world and our countries. They built the best educational system in history and began the Civil Rights movement.

Not bad.

I'm sure he was as proud of you and Ted as you are of him.

Best wishes, our thoughts are with you and your family.

Glenn and Lars Mars

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Richard Scotti

10/31/2020 6:27:15 PM ---- Updated 10/31/2020 7:13:16 PM

@Bryon -So sorry about the tragic circumstances surrounding your dad's passing. Losing a loved one is bad enough but in this present hell we're living in it's an unimaginable nightmare. I've always admired your steely resolve in everything you do and I'm sure that you will weather the storm with strength and dignity. Of course you'll get back to your music eventually because that's who you are! Sometimes taking a break from your art is a good way to re-calibrate and reinvigorate your process. You may have already painted your masterpiece but I'm certain that the best is still to come.

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Shoe City Sound

11/1/2020 5:43:45 PM ---- Updated 11/1/2020 5:55:22 PM

So sorry about your father, Bryon - I've already expressed condolences on Instagram and saying so again now. How cool that he went by the name Fleet - sounds like such an amazing man.

On the subject of self employment - I forced myself to work straight jobs (teaching school - HS chorus director, working in non music related sales and stuff) when my son was little and it was all about taking cared of him. I wanted to make sure I had insurance benefits to make sure I could take care of him in every way. I couldn't take it after a while though and started teaching piano and voice for private students plus playing piano at cocktail party type events - ie self employed - by the time he was only 10 haha. Thank God he was a healthy kid and never needed any expensive medical care. And I was lucky and made a good full time living working for myself. It was always a dream to earn a living as Shoe City Sound, and we did have some interest from management types along the way, but nothing that would have made a living and a couple that would have been more compromising than any straight job I ever had. We never give up hope though. With all the streaming everywhere on Planet Earth, who knows who might run across a tune of ours and want it for some project or another. We did a couple of sound tracks, but again not much money involved. Great experience though.

I retired from teaching a couple of years ago. I'm happy with no schedule for sure and don't miss it one teeny tiny bit.

Don't worry about not being in the mood to play piano. You'll get back to it better than ever when you're ready. You need to re group after all you've been through. It only makes sense.

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Bryon Tosoff

11/2/2020 8:07:48 PM

Thanks for you kind thoughts everyone, my music family and friends the aspect of power of attorney than becoming appointed executor in the family is a big job, I know a number of you have gone through this and dealt with the grieving aspect during taking care of a parents estate. Today was the first day of the death of dad hitting me real hard. Out of the blue. Got a package from the Funeral home with the picture of dad and his obit that I will be sending to those who were unable to attend the interment due to restrictions due to Covid. Looking at dad in his army gear and his handsome face shining bright with pride in his Canadian Army outfit took me by surprise and the pain of his death for the first time overwhelmed me. Anyways. This is reality, we all die yet must do good, and be a shining bright example to others living our lives as best as we can

thanks all. I wont be here much of course, please be supporting your fellow musicians here, I know we all are busy and have duties jobs, spend some time to get your stations going, a number of you are doing a great job, IMPNATION needs more of you to step up and participate in acknowledging your fellow artists, a few nice words of peoples songs and adds is important. Support Indiemusicpeople by immersing yourself in others music, not just your own

thank you.


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