The Band I Left (Part IV)

Part IV of the saga about “The Band I Left” – more and more I don’t think it’s going to work.

I am not sure what to do about this band.

During last night’s practice I was seriously thinking about telling them it’s not working out, but later on in the practice when we were going over some of the older simpler songs it actually sounded OK.

At the end of practice I voiced my opinion that the songs we did best were the older ones, the ones from the 1960’s and early 1970’s. I left them know that I thought that was our niche and we should stick to it.

I am concerned that what I am expecting from the keyboard player is something that he is not capable of doing.

Since we have no other lead instrument he must handle all the leads and I don’t think he knows how to improvise a solo.  He must sit down and learn the leads for each song.

This will really slow down the pace of learning new songs.

Unless something changes it will be months before we have a enough of a catalog to seriously consider playing out.

I am also concerned about the quality of the product.

Right now this whole band situation is kind of like dating a girl who likes you a whole lot more than you like her.  She’s a really nice person and the last thing you want to do is hurt her.  You keep going out with her hoping it will get better or you’ll find something about her that you can hang onto.

I’ll see how this band progresses over the next few weeks.Pearls3

If we still only have a handful of new songs, no gigs booked, no prospects and the keyboard player is still struggling with his leads then I’ll have to figure a way to bow out gracefully.

But for now the practice is good for me and I haven’t stopped looking at other prospects.

I never thought when I got back into music the process of finding a band would be so frustrating.

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