Amy Mantis


On Being in a Band - Part Five of Many

April 23, 2013 9:29PM

Life in Boston is almost back to normal.

I still haven’t figured out the best time to post so I’ll do it every day.

This post could also be called “Team Players.”

As I mentioned in my last post, I recently saw Fleetwood Mac.  One thing I admire about them is that they’re a team.  Especially the two whom the band is named after: Mick Fleetwood and John McVie.  They have been practically inseparable since the band started in 1967.  That’s amazing.

So often bands fall apart due to a lack of a team effort.  I’ve run into this a lot personally.  It seems to me that we live in an individualistic society, yet most great achievements are the result of a team effort.  Even when you don’t realize it.  A team is critical.

Aside from my inability to play five instruments proficiently and simultaneously, one of the main reasons I have a band is because I like the camaraderie.  There’s a love in a band that is akin to a sports team.  It’s there when everyone is fighting the same fight.

Team players are hard to come by.  I don’t know when or why or how it happened, but a lot of people don’t seem to really want to be in bands.  I’m not talking about the people in Canary - they’re all team players and it’s great.  But I look around and see so many musicians who aren’t in bands and it’s not because they’re not good enough but because of some other reason that I can’t quite put my finger on.  That may be because I’m so into being in a band that I can’t imagine not being part of one.

To each their own.  But I think most people who aren’t in a band would be happier if they were in a band.