It was at Jack Frost that friend Andy mentioned that there is a symbiotic relationship between artists and the venues that host their work. Yes. And it seems that it is vital for them to work together for their mutual benefit and survival. They have to dance as partners. And sometimes take steps that they don’t even like, but which are vital to the success of the dance.
This dance, this Purple Fiddle dance, is getting hard to keep in motion. It is frustrating because we have made so much progress this year sprucing up the place. And many ideas for vast improvements in popular community space are on the table. We are going to add theater seating to the back corner atop the old stage. We are going to take out the old cooler and add a couch and easy chair – something that we had that we miss. We are going to widen the dance floor and add a stand-up bar in the front window. We are going to sell CDs of live recordings of bands from their shows here. But right now there is no money for these things.
Unfortunately, when the public is not buying as often as they want (yes, with money) then both artist and venue suffer. And it is this very thing that puts me in a very uncomfortable place, where I feel I have to take advantage of the artists’ talents. I have to put together a benefit to keep this place alive – the Purple Fiddle that is.
A bank loan would work, if it could be had, but the bottom line is, like the federal government, if we don’t figure out how to work within our normal operating expenses, then we will ultimately fail. You cannot keep borrowing from the future and expect to be any closer to survival. In this economy, which supposedly is improving, it has been impossible to stay above water, and the debts keep adding up. It doesn’t take but one utility company to put a stop to what we are doing here, and it has been a close call in recent months.
Of course, the premise has to be that what the Purple Fiddle is doing – for this town, this county and this state, but most importantly for you, the people, our friends – the talent that we present and offer to everyone, is worth keeping around. I believe in my heart of hearts that it is. I have been told over and over by people of all walks of life that it is. But I feel guilty that I have to ask the musicians, the artists themselves, to give away their art, this one time for free. But it is for all of us.
So sometime in the spring we plan to have a “Purple Aid” to save the fiddle. It has to be done to to keep the symbiotic relationship between the many musical artists and this intimate venue going. Ideas and volunteers are eagerly accepted and appreciated.