GeorgeR Posted February 14, 2003 Share Posted February 14, 2003 Tuesday night I go to an audition as a bassist. One band member is out of the country, due back next week. The band consists of a drummer who somewhat resembles "Animal" from the Muppet show, an older guy on keys, one powerful and talented female lead vocal, and another very talented backup female vocal/guitar. I'm told to expect the kinds of songs I'm into, according to what they saw on my ad. I show up and after the first few songs it seems inticing. My gut feeling is that this is just no good, in spite of the tremendous talent of the members. Then they jump into radio top 20 mode, testing me on my knowledge teeny pop radio songs from the likes of Pink, Britney Spears, Shania Twain, Michael Jackson, Rap, Celine Dion, Jewel, Amanda Marshall, Melissa Etheridge, Norah Jones, and even some 70s disco. Yesterday they give me two CDs of material to memorize for tonight's rehearsal. My gut feeling is this is definitely NOT where I want to go. Some of the songs make me cringe severely, especially the Rap, and songs from Britney, Pink and Celine. But my gut feeling is vague sometimes and I still like to give the benefit of the doubt. Besides, I DO like the songs from Jewel, Amanda Marshall, Melissa Etheridge and Norah Jones. But the rest of it makes me want to puke. Shania is just a puppet nowadays. And that girl, Pink? Man she is psycho or something!! Who did she sleep with to get her record deal? Listen to some of her lyrics! So I leave work and show up at 5 for the 6:30 rehearsal, at one of the member's house which is set up in the basement for loudness, just like I was asked to. I wait in a local greasy spoon, munch on a coffee until 6, then drive the mile to their house. The lights are dark and it's obvious that nobody is home. It snowed today and the only vehicle (a cube van) in the driveway has no tire tracks leading up to it, so it's been there at least since morning. But it was like that before, then 15 minutes before the time to start, the lights come on and people show up. I wait, engine idling, amp and bass in the car with me since morning. 6:30 comes and goes, not a sign of any of the members. Wait until 7 pm, then until just 1 minute past 7. No sign? I'm outta here! Leaving 19 year old 4 barrel 8 cylinder engines idling in the winter cold, just for my benefit, isn't economical. Man, you know......since my work in the last band has finished up and they found their permanent local bassist, it's been all like this. Bunch of freaks and idiots!!! At this point I'm thinking of just up and selling my bass and amp, forget all about music forever, maybe take up Turkey farming or frying chocolate covered snowballs, just something! I can't stand yo-yos who just yank your chain and f%$k around! I get home, try calling the guy. No answer. I'll call him tomorrow, tell him how I feel about his band. AArrggghhh!! Beware the lollipop of mediocrity; one lick and you suck forever. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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