Paulo Almeida

Paulo Almeida, drummer/percussionist, arranger, composer

Drummer/percussionist, composer and arranger of multiple music genres.

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Over the years, we are forced into and bring ourselves into different situations where we must adapt.  Sometimes, it is an easy transition and other times, it's kind of tricky.  Rest assured, the only thing that is constant in life is that change will happen and therefore, adaption is necessary.  Living with other musicians in a house on the south end of Nashville, I've learned lots of things already.  For one thing, I can't wait to be in a living in a situation where I'm in charge.  My housemate seems to have trouble planning for contingencies where someone might move out unexpectedly or someone might not have the money to pay for their rent or utilities for a certain month.  This requires everyone else to pick up the slack.  This sucks.  The amount of rent that I agreed to pay when I moved into my room is a set amount that should not change unless the rent on the entire lease goes up.  This is part of the risk of running such an endeavor.  I paid no security deposit, no first month/last month, so when I leave (or another of my housemates, for that matter) it's totally up to the rest of the household to pay for the rent on that empty room or find someone else who is willing to move in quickly to cover it.  You can't just keep flying by the seat of your pants all the time.  You can't just go to your roommates and say, "Sorry but I didn't think this was going to happen."  You should plan for this and then make the necessary moves when it does so that you aren't blindsided by people's changes in living situations.  This is life.  You need to save money for that rainy day and brave the storm when it comes, but just assuming that everything is going to work out is not always the way to go, especially when it comes to financial matters.