So the first band I joined, some of you may recall me posting something a couple of months ago...I play lead, the rhythm player is basically deaf (wears cochlear implants) and his dad does most of the singing and is picking up bass. When I posted, I included links to a couple of rehearsal recordings for feedback. I was heartened by the response, and I got some really nice advice. I’m still rehearsing with those guys. We canned the drummer on those recordings, and only within the past two weeks did we find a suitable replacement. Things are starting to come together a little more, and we have our first couple of gigs booked for late June. But right around the time of the aforementioned post, I answered a Craigslist post from a retro funk/disco/dance band seeking a guitarist. Confession time: I’ve always dug that kind of stuff, and it’s long been a goal of mine to be in this kind of band. Anyway, they auditioned me and I got the part. It’s the largest group I’ve ever been a part of. Besides me (the only guitar), there’s two female vocalists, a keyboard player, bassist, drummer and a percussionist who also sings a couple of songs. And, I’ve got to tell you, I’m having the time of my life musically. These are some of the finest musicians I’ve played with. And they seem to like me quite a bit too, strangely enough. We’ve only practiced together three times (each Sunday is a marathon session), but we are going to be one helluva band. They’ve all been together maybe a year, but needed to make a change when their guitarist just wasn’t getting it. So I’m playing catch-up. But it’s also helping me enjoy being in the other group more. It’s an entirely different thing. We’re mining the usual seam of southern bar band rootsy rock/country/soul stuff. Heavy on the Stones, Petty, Seger, CCR and the like. But I love that stuff too. I find it very fulfilling as well. The classic rock four piece is never going to be able to hold a candle to the funk band, really. I don’t think. It’s pretty gloriously sloppy and loosey-goosey. But I’m also not sweating the fact as much now that I have the other band. If we work out, great. If we don’t, whatever. I’ll just enjoy the ride. I know this has been kind of rambling, but for those of you still reading, I have a question or two. I haven’t mentioned to the guys in the four piece that I have this new, other project going. The members of the funk band do know. I should come clean sooner rather than later, right? Like I mentioned already, the four piece has its first gig in about a month. The funk band is probably a month, give or take, from being stage ready. They want us to be tight. It’s coming together nicely, but the once weekly practices (and the fact that folks are leaving town for the upcoming holiday weekend, myself included) are delaying us. Probably, at some point, I’ll need to pick a priority. But I don’t see it becoming an issue any time super soon. Theoretically, I could see myself staying in both bands unless one starts getting a whole lot of regular bookings... which is what I’ve been chasing for months now: a regularly gigging band. Thoughts? Comments? Is this a dick move?