Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Superpowers: Episode 04

Nothing prepared me for the fights.

If you google "Bands", the internet offers lots of information. How to start a band. How to play the harmonica. How to practice. How to get gigs. How to perform at gigs. How to write songs. How to record songs. How to copyright your songs. Qualities to look for in a pair of drumsticks...

I'm an information junkie, so as Murfy's fLaW was plodding around, being a band, I was pretty confident that I was prepared for every aspect of the rock and roll lifestyle.

No one warned me about the fights.

Last year, Oasis announced they were breaking up. From wikipedia:
On 28 August 2009, a fight broke out between the Gallaghers in a backstage area which resulted in Liam breaking Noel's guitar.

Two hours later a statement from Noel appeared on the band's website writing that "with some sadness and great relief to tell you that I quit Oasis tonight. People will write and say what they like, but I simply could not go on working with Liam a day longer."
So, the moral of this little story, dear reader, is that if you join a band you are going to fight.

These fights will lead to the breaking of guitars, hearts, lifelong friendships and the band. The only way you can prevent this from happening is to have someone with the super-power of Peace Making in the band.

  • Someone with the courage to swoop down in the middle of the most bitter arguments, bearing wonderful things like clear rational thinking.

  • Someone who also knows when clear, rational thinking just isn't enough, and then bribes you with cheap wine, Chinese food, or stories about "what the dog did yesterday".

  • Someone who knows when bribes won't work, and uses her drum sticks to literally batter you back onto the right path.

And suddenly, there is sunshine again.

Thank God for Vicky.

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