My band recently broke up, and sad as that is, my significant other and I put an ad on Craigslist for another.
We’ve had all kinds of inquires, which is encouraging, but most are for heavy metal players (even though we stated classic rock, some country, and some modern tunes in our ad), and others too far away for our wants.
It’s hard to keep a band going, we’ve found. Even when the players all know each other, and like the same music, life intervenes in a myriad of ways.
Drug and alcohol abuse probably break up more bands than anything else, but even that doesn’t break up every band.
Being able to show up and make it through a gig is paramount for me. Making practice is another biggie. Some folks can practice on their own and just show up and play through fine, but I like the rapport with band mates, and getting to know each other.
We become a family of sorts, and the camaraderie and fun adds to the audience’s enjoyment. If we’re having fun, they’re having fun. If we screw up and laugh it off, it gives our audience permission to laugh it off.
It’s hard to laugh off a band member messing up song after song or being too drunk or high to play.
We’re hoping to avoid that this time. Wish us luck!
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