"I call my Hammond B3 organ The Commitment. I bought it about a year (maybe two years) after I bought my first band new car. It was a nice Honda Civic Hatchback. And I could get all the synthesizers in it, my speakers. I could fit my entire rig in it. It was a nice car. I had young kids at the time and their car seats could go in there.
"And then, I made the leap of faith and bought the organ. I had to sell my brand new Honda Civic and I bought a junky Ford van so I could transport the organ, because I couldn't do it in my Honda Civic.
"And so, the quality of life when down. But, I was able to move the organ around and be able to play it on gigs. That's what set me apart from a lot of the other guys my age at that time. I was willing to do the work to move it.
"I mean, it's 325 pounds! It's not easy. You can't really do it by yourself. It takes help and it really changes your lifestyle as far as a gigging, working musician.
"That's why I call it The Commitment, because you have to be married to the whole process." - John Papa Gros
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