>> Saturday, September 29, 2012
But it really is that simple, isn't it? You form a band ("Look at us!") and then world peace breaks out. Of course it does.
There's a great bit in the Ben Folds Five song "Army"--
Citing artistic differencesThe band broke up in MayAnd in June reformed without meAnd they'd got a different name
--That happened to me in college, more or less, and that was, so far as I recall, the last band I was ever in. There were some abortive sorts of things before that, in high school; a bunch of kids in a garage and maybe two, three of us had instruments and were serious about it in any way, and I don't know why the rest of the kids were there. They thought it would be cool to be in a band, I guess.
I was always a little stage shy. I could play in a bedroom, a dormroom, an attic--all a little, I never played much or well. But I never got so far as playing in front of a group.
But I recommend being fired from a band at least once in your life. It builds character, or something like that. Probably not as good as staying in a band, but I wouldn't know.
That great old line from Morrissey always comes back again and again: "I can laugh about it now, but at the time it was terrible." It wasn't, though. Other things were, but as far as getting fired goes, I wasn't good enough to take it personally. And we weren't much of a band anyway; you know, I don't even remember if we had a name, thinking about it.