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!
It’s supposed to hit the mid-80°F’s today, and it’s been in the high 70°F’s & 80°F’s for nearly a week now. We had a few true spring days, high 50°F’s & 60°F’s, but now it’s ‘spring unhinged’, or an impatient summer. I’ll take it! I’m in love with the world today, and I’ll ride this pink cloud into the ground, I know, but it’s a happy cruise now.
The blossoming trees, bushes, blooming flowers, glorious green grass – nature’s eye candy, and its spell is working. Getting dumped by nature will suck, as it always does, but life’s intermittent reinforcement is working, and I’m charmed all over again.
The crab-apple tree next door is ‘tickle-me-pink’ hued, more lush and vibrant than last year, and standing under it, the light honey-ed apple scent, and the electric-field buzz of hundreds of bumblebees gathering pollen is nearly over-whelming.
If there’s a heaven, I hope it’s a lot like this, without things like having to stop writing so you can pee – that’s so annoying!
If you’re in this part of the world, in the Eastern time zone, or better, I hope you enjoy this gorgeous day. Cheers!