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.