The Battle of the Bands reminds me of my 13 year old son’s chess club leader. He described all participants as “being either winners… or learners. There are no losers.” That’s the exact feeling I get with the Battle of the Bands.
I started learning guitar in September, after being a guest at the Battle of the Bands in New York. In full KISS makeup, I was given the opportunity to introduce Peter and Dan to the audience, and meet so many fun people.
Since September, I’ve been able to learn about 15 chords and read basic sheet music, and even played a song “As Tears Go By” by the Rolling Stones in a small restaurant as a guest player with my music teacher. It was freaking cool!!!! Only one song, but one awesome memory. It may seem odd, but ShoreTel has changed my life. If it wasn’t for ShoreTel, I would never have been able to do this. And it keeps getting better. When I celebrate my 5th year anniversary at ShoreTel in September, or 20 years from now, I’ve got something that I’ll have forever. That is my definition of winning.
As for the competition, here is my thought. It’s all about giving it your best as a group. Getting the chemistry with the band to play some songs that show the audience you really are connected. My thought is to pick songs that the electric guitar and piano can play fairly well, which are possibly the toughest as many songs have extremely complex chords and arrangements. Add a great voice and drum beat and bass guitar beat, and pump up the energy by making the song have a personal band feel, and you can take on the world.
So it’s nice to know when you’re doing something where you cannot lose. You can only win.
It’s a great feeling.