Ah, the first band practice of Battle of the Bands. Kinda like the first day of school, in a way. We’ve been rehearsing individually for over a month, developing our basics and beginning work on our first song. Doing things on our own, like summer vacation. Now it’s time to come together and show each other what we’ve been up to, how far along we are, how cohesive a unit we can create on the first go. Show off the new backpack and haircut, start our new classes together.
It’s a scary thing, and requires a good deal of trust- what if we sound terrible our first play-through? So what if we do? Will it matter? Should it matter? Not getting disheartened will likely be the biggest challenge- we likely won’t sound amazing the first practice, but as a band we need to start somewhere. This is one of the most important lessons of BoB; identifying the starting point, no matter how far back it seems, and pushing forward collectively.
We have a fairly easy-going group in ROC City Redundancy. Some pushers, some jokers, some with experience on their instrument of choice, some with next to none. I see us succeeding more if we are having fun than if we are pushing to win. Fun is contagious, electric even; if the band is having a good time, the audience will, too. I’ve experienced this many times performing improv comedy, and it’s the same with a great concert. Skill matters, of course, practice, dedication, but fun is the glue that makes a band and allows for collaborative showmanship. Without fun, you have Oasis- they churned out some good songs, but then imploded. Again. And again. And again.
So, we will need to strike a balance. Attendance is clutch. We need to practice on our own. But of course everyone has work, as well as lives outside of work, so as long as everyone makes an effort and does the work, cracking the whip shouldn’t be necessary. I’m in this because, while I’m not great, I love singing my favorite songs. I like working with people, and the bonding of a band appeals to me. The more organically we can do this, the better.
As long as we are having fun along the way.