Have you ever been glad that you didn’t get a gig? Several of my long time, previous musical collaborators have moved away leaving me searching for people to play with, so I decided to check out some CL ads seeking people. I got a bite with the first ad I responded to, and we talked on the phone for 15-20 minutes, and then setup a meeting at his place. When I got there we talked a little more and then played a little bit. It was fun enough, and he was a pretty nice guy, but not quite as good as I was expecting from our previous conversation, and I was looking to find players at my level or preferably above it. The people he says he was playing with do only covers, and I prefer to do a mix of covers and originals as well... I didn’t feel like we would “really” click socially or musically, but I thanked him for having me over, and he texted me soon after to say that he’d had fun and “liked my chops” and would give me a call later in the week. I thanked him again for having me over, but was kind of hoping he wouldn’t call. I wanted to be offered the gig, even though I had decided I probably wouldn't accept it. At the same time I didn't want to have to turn him down either. Fortunately he actually got a gig with a different group himself, and so that was that. I congratulated him, and wished him well and it was a good networking experience, but I am glad that I got turned down. Time to make some more calls! Anyone else been relieved not to get a gig, or turned down a gig you have been offered? Tell me your story!