One of the things ‘on my list’ is to find a band. Not a serious band that is all “let’s practice until we’re good and make recordings and travel” and shit… But a band that wants to just play – with a few gigs here and there to force a teeny tiny bit of discipline into the enterprise.
Last fall, my organization was rumored to be getting a new Director. This is the guy in charge of some thousand research and engineering dorks, so it’s a fairly high level position. Word on the streets was that it would be WB – a known good manager, and studio quality guitarist.
i’ve known of WB for years, and he’d heard of me – musicians tend to talk a lot of shit amongst themselves, so if someone plays, word gets out. But we’d never had a chance to connect musically.
When we had the organizational Christmas party (i think it was last December…), it took all of a nanosecond for a colleague to convince me to join the ‘Lab Rat” band that was providing background music. They were doing just fine, but didn’t have a vocalist, and were mostly playing Christmas music.
Dropped in, did some rock and roll with them, and dropped out. Why? i considered it my ‘audition’ for WB. As could be expected, word got back to WB before he even occupied the front office. He was on the lookout for me… His band plays out at a local bar for a happy hour gig on the first Friday of every month, so i was easily convinced to drop by after work last night to hear them play.
Sitting at a table near the stage by myself, i was instantaneously blown away by two facts:
1) They were really good. Probably “Out of my league” good.
2) They already have a woman in the band – vocalist playing keyboards.
Anyone who knows anything about bands knows the Laws of Band Dynamics.
The First Law of Band Dynamics: If you introduce a female member to an existing band of males, you will lose one of the original members within six months.
The Second Law of Band Dynamics: If you introduce a second female member to an existing band that has incorporated a female member, you will completely destroy any chance of the band staying together.
My hopes of finally finding the right band were dashed, so i just sat back and enjoyed the gig. Good stuff, but fantasies of fronting this particular band disintegrated.
Joining me later in the evening were two other work colleagues – one of whom insisted on introducing me to WB after they were done. He’s good, and personable, and i’m still finding it hard to believe he’s going to be “Large and In Charge” of the organization…
We discussed music tastes, and my general disdain for ‘chick songs’, and he strongly suggested i drop in for a future practice. Reminding him of the “Laws” – which he fully acknowledged as gospel – he still insisted that i drop in, and that the laws could be managed…
So let the month of February begin, with the prospect of finally finding the right band of brothers, and a sister, to get my music-jones satiated…
Oh, and by the way? The best way to overcome the Laws of Band Dynamics? All chick band. And if it’s an All Chick, Japanese Rockabillly trio? Even better!