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Diabetic musicians

Discussion in 'Jobs and Employment' started by garinsionfitter, Jun 23, 2017.

  1. garinsionfitter

    garinsionfitter Type 1 · Member

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    I've been a performing musician for 12 years now, I can't imagine doing anything different. I've done a lot of different things - vocals, drums, bass in various bands, choirs (you'll see the choir I was in on Pitch Battle on BBC One) and now I'm an acoustic singer songwriter.

    I was just curious to see how many other diabetic musicians there are on here, would love to chat and get to know some of you :)
     
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  2. Robinredbreast

    Robinredbreast Type 1 · Oracle

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    Tagging @Jaylee he's a musician. You sound a very talented person, I hope you have many more year's of singing and songwriting :)
     
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  3. Resurgam

    Resurgam Type 2 (in remission!) · Expert

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    I'm a drummer by nature - there is photographic evidence of a baby me with a drum - I play guitar and recorder, castanets, three holed pipe and might start on the violin. I have played other things in the past as I used to be around the folk scene in Portsmouth and try to get to the Sidmouth Folk Festival each year.
    I play for longsword, maypole and morris, and I sing - I've written a couple of songs but hardly need to as I know a lot of traditional and written songs from other people.
     
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  4. Tipetoo

    Tipetoo Type 2 · Expert

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    The music in my profile is supplied by Fats O'Bese and the Gastric Band.

    I see @Jaylee has already been mentioned. :D
     
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  5. Japes

    Japes LADA · Well-Known Member

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    I'm a church organist/musician plus a bit of piano teaching around my main job in additional needs education. I have been a full time self employed piano and clarinet teacher, but find this mix of employed/self employed works better for me (more regular, "pays the bills" income via main job, and the music income is for the fun stuff)

    I certainly can't imagine my life without music.
     
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  6. Resurgam

    Resurgam Type 2 (in remission!) · Expert

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    I was chuckling a few days ago - I was asked for my bank details so someone could pay me for helping out at a school doing the maypole dancing and longsword - my first legitimate payment ever for a gig. It has only taken until I have reached 66 years old.
     
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  7. GrantGam

    GrantGam Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    Fats Domino Pizza could be another addition :)
     
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  8. GrantGam

    GrantGam Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    6 string guitar, bass guitar, bagpipes and Scottish smallpipes.
     
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  9. Robinredbreast

    Robinredbreast Type 1 · Oracle

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    That one's a winner lol :D
     
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  10. Geordie_P

    Geordie_P Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    You could start a band and call it the Diabeatles
     
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  11. Bluetit1802

    Bluetit1802 Type 2 (in remission!) · Guru

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    I haven't a musical bone in my body. In the school choir I was put at the back and told to mime!
     
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  12. noblehead

    noblehead Type 1 · Guru
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    There was a young lady who had type 1 and posted a few video's of her singing and playing the guitar, she had an amazing voice but I just forget what her username is :rolleyes:

    I use to play the guitar (badly) but never played in a band.
     
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  13. Robinredbreast

    Robinredbreast Type 1 · Oracle

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    I remember posting on her thread, a very talented young woman :)
     
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  14. Jaylee

    Jaylee Type 1 · Expert
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    Her name was @Jelaca?

    Hi @garinsionfitter ,

    I have been known to write a few tunes in my time.. What better way to get to know me than this song. Lol

     
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  15. noblehead

    noblehead Type 1 · Guru
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    Yes that's her, a very talented young lady and I'm sure her video's are somewhere on Youtube.
     
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  16. Spencer67

    Spencer67 Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    You rock Jaylee. wow.

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    I've done a bit too on Guitar mainly blues and folk. Hello musical comrades.
     
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    Hi @garinsionfitter I'm a musician - I used to be in a band and we toured a bit when I was younger. I've been playing for about 40 yrs now. I built my own studio and spend a lot of my recreational time composing and recording music. I gave up on music professionally about 20 years ago - database programming makes a lot more money LOL.

    I play guitars, piano, banjo, percussion, harmonica and do vocals - I think that's everything. My last band was the "Loud Americans" and we had two type 1s in that band - the drummer and myself - I also suspect we were probably the healthiest LOL.

    You can hear my stuff on SoundCloud - https://soundcloud.com/ronald-scott-fletcher - I also have some stuff on YouTube -

    Getting in to music as a kid was probably the best thing I ever did - aside from learning how to manage my diabetes :)
     
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    alex_punk Type 2 · Newbie

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    Hi, I've been a working musician for nearly 40 years. I've been type 2 for 6 years now. As a singer and guitarist in many (mostly punk ) bands, I'm interested in finding out how other people deal with their diabetes. Thanks
     
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    Jaylee Type 1 · Expert
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    Hi Alex,

    Welcome to the forum.

    I guess the first thing for me is make sure I run my bloods at an optimum level of between 5.5 & 7.5mmol for a gig.
    I don't eat anything for at least 8 hours prior to a show.

    & keep some sort of sugary drink stage side should I drop low during performance...
     
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  20. Grant_Vicat

    Grant_Vicat Don't have diabetes · Well-Known Member

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    Mari Wilson, who writes for Diabetes UK (Just What I've Always wanted) is Type 1. Much though I enjoy music of the punk era and the aftermath - especially Ian Dury, I am mainly an organist (35 years now) and my diabetic experience was highlighted in 1986 when I had a severe hypo at the organ while communion was being taken and I fell into the arms of a passing acolyte! Probably would not have coped with touring with the College departmental jazz band from 1979-1982!
     
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