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The Squeaky Wheel Gets FIRED! *edit

I still blog, but I’ve been busy. Partly, dealing with the following:

Unfair treatment is often a sign of Salvation.

I used to play in this Christian jazz band but the leader let me go in a shady, dishonorable way.

While I was extremely angry at first, it was not for being fired, but for the lies that clouded the firing.

I had many issues with his leadership, and told him so on a number of occasions.

And because I work on ONE of our TWO rehearsal nights — and thought I would have to quit because I suspected that he would not be willing to accommodate me — he made moves (unbeknownst to me) to replace me, rehearsing my replacement while I thought I still played the one time a month gig.

After many heated words and seething anger, I have let it go. I am much clearer of mind not having to deal with the stress of learning so many tunes to only play only once a month. And I don’t have to any longer be bothered with trying to deal with subpar leadership and untruths.

 I have learned great lessons, chiefly that all that glitters is not necessarily Christian, and that God works His wonders through our suffering.

I am further motivated to win — to let fulfillment of potential supplant righteous vengeance. To let achievement be the counter-punch to that slap in the face.

While my desire is to name names and point fingers and give details, God has allowed me — through the THIRD version of this post — to just state the silhouette and move along.

THAT’S what I’ve been doing.

Oh, and I got my new horn!

My Horn

May 14, 2009 - Posted by | Advice, Christianity, Life, Life Lessons, Live Music, Music, Work


  1. You know … it would be one thing if he said, “Look, we need to be together both nights, you can’t do that, I think we need to part ways. No hard feelings?” You’re right … this was underhanded and wrong.

    On the other hand — the horn is beautiful!

    I hope that things go well for you.

    Open windows, closed doors, and all that.

    Comment by wickle | May 14, 2009 | Reply

  2. Nice looking horn Derrick!

    You may not see it now, but the way that you handled this speaks volumes to Max. You had EVERY RIGHT to slam him or take legal matters, but Max got to see how a man, a GODLY MAN, takes care of his business.

    Keep pressing…

    Comment by Heather L. Trotter | May 14, 2009 | Reply

  3. I’m so proud to be your friend! May God bless your obedience and selflessness.

    Comment by ricktrotter | May 14, 2009 | Reply

  4. you weren’t fired. you preemtively quit.

    Comment by mf | May 14, 2009 | Reply

  5. Marc, I quit, but too late!

    Rick, Heather, and Wickle — wait — I gotta go get some tissssues… Okay. You guys did my heart good! Thanks!! It wasn’t I, but God who settled me down. I was ready to fight, for real. I had that adrenaline shakiness that precedes confrontation, but Kathy told me exactly what to do and I did it.

    It felt like a movie the way it played out. I’ve never had someone try to lie to ME about what I said to THEM before!

    Good story to tell all the kids, tho.

    Comment by maxdaddy | May 14, 2009 | Reply

  6. Move on move on,

    The title to your first CD.

    Comment by Vaughn | May 14, 2009 | Reply

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