If you've ever been in a band, you'll be familiar with at least some of these challenges. If not, then keep this in mind next time you complain about the price of music (or debate why you should consider paying for it!) - it's not an easy road!
- Personalities should "click", or at least be tolerable (!)
- There needs to be a similar work ethic and commitment, including showing up to rehearsals and gigs
- Geographic location should not be an issue i.e. no difficulty due to all members living far apart and struggling to find a mutually-agreeable place to meet
- The band needs to have a place to play
- Musical tastes should be in tune. This doesn't mean you listen to the same music necessarily, but can at least appreciate the value in what other musical "flavours" might be brought to the table by others
- There must be a commonly-available time for all members of the band to play together
- Band members must have their own, as the cliché goes, "reliable means of transport"
- Closely related to point 1, there should be no dominant ego
- Closely related to point 2, there should be no drug problems pulling the group down
- The band should be free from pressures to spend less time doing what they love (read "there should not be girlfriend / boyfriend issues")
When I wrapped up my previous post "The Miracle Of Forming a Band" I quoted lyrics to the song Beth by KISS. This time, I'll go with a few equally relevant lines from the chorus of Elton John's "Love Lies Bleeding":
And love lies bleeding in my hand
Oh it kills me to think of you with another man
I was playing rock and roll and you were just a fan
But my guitar couldn't hold you
So I split the band
Love lies bleeding in my hands
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