SMcD Posted November 20, 2013 Share Posted November 20, 2013 Howdy friends, I need some advice from my fellow ivory-tinklers. After parting ways with our old singer, my rock band is auditioning new ones. The grand majority of the tryouts have been...underwhelming. However, we had a woman come in tonight that seems to have broken the trend of mediocrity. Killer voice, solid personality and attitude, tons of experience and what I'm expecting to be a solid sense of commitment - all-around good stuff. There's just one small issue...she is double the age of everybody in the band (40 to our 20, if anybody is keeping score). So now, the question my bandmates and I are struggling to answer is: should we care about her age? The arguments on the no side are obvious: age and image are superficial, it's the sound that matters, etc. However, there's some part of me (admittedly, a part of me that I'm guilty about having) that thinks the age gap will be a problem. Ideally, I'd like this band to go a bit beyond the usual bar gigs - put out an album, throw some shows at the nicer venues in town, maybe get a small amount of recognition in the local music scene (which may or may not just be 20-year-old idealism). Perhaps doing that would be easier with a band composed exclusively of young people, in terms of band member goals and audience perception of the band. I'm feeling very conflicted about this whole thing, and I was wondering what the community perspective here might be. Twenty-somethings who play with forty-somethings: how has the age distribution in your band affected your prospects and direction? Forty-somethings surrounded by twenty-somethings: do you feel "at home" playing with younger people? What do you guys think? I feel bad for being superficial, but a tiny part of me can't shake the "weirdness" of having such a huge age gulf with one person in the band. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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