“When the going gets weird, the weird go Pro.”
– Hunter S. Thompson
I love creating from a “less is more” headspace, and finding the unique voice of whatever instrument happens to be lying around. Sometimes that’s my daughter’s Kitty Keyboard, or Hello Kitty guitar. But when it comes to supporting my songs, or message, or my efficient transport from hither to yon, it has to be pro-grade all the way.
In my humble beginnings, bass playing only took a strap and a cord, plugged into a tiny practice amp. A few years later I was touring with a 900 watt Mo’Bass amp pushing two SWR bass cabinets, for a grand total of 1×15″, 5×10″ speakers, and 2 tweeters. The demands of your work require continual upgrades, and some times, downgrades.
- Marathoners don’t wear some busted, TRAX tennis shoes.
- Pro-guitarists don’t rock guitars with built in speakers from Best Buy.
- Pro-travelers don’t grab some janky duffle bag and throw their overflow in a paper sac.
- Pro-photographers don’t throw their gear together on their way to a shoot.
Pro-grade is a specialized delineation between us, and the masses. It is a state of mind, a standard.
At any of the crossroads of your day, when the options present themselves go pro-grade. If you want to be recognized as a pro, acquire, maintain, and most importantly beat the living crap out of your pro-grade gear.
What are some of your favorite tools of your trade? How do they support your dreams and creativity?