The concept of team

I once heard Paul McCartney credited with saying, “there’s nothing like being in a band”.

I don’t know if he actually said it, but I know the feeling, and Sir Paul was in a pretty good band, so I can imagine that it’s something that might have come out of his mouth at some point.

There’s something magical about being on a good team of people. A band is a very special case, in which the team often eats, sleeps, works, performs, travels, and does whatever else together, for extended periods of time. But teams in general are wonderful organisms.

When you have the chance to be on a good team, you take it. Somebody (I think Pat Metheny) once said that it’s best to be the worst guy in the band, because then you can learn a ton of stuff from everyone else.

I also think that as far as a team being only as good as the weakest link…not sure I buy that logic, unless someone is weaker in the sense that they’re not trying as hard as everyone else is. If everyone is pulling as hard as they can, and they all possess the same strength of will for the work at hand, being better or worse at certain things is actually a way to help divide the work amongst people according to who does what the best.

After playing solo for so long, except for a few shows with a band, I really miss being in a band.

Maybe it’s time to put one together, hmm?

Andy McKee and Antoine Dufour

I’m currently deep into listening to two acoustic guitarists that i found via YouTube, when directed by my pal Tim Muzzin to check out Antoine’s track, Development .

Andy McKee then caught my ear, and I found his track, Rylynn.

Both of these artists are amazing players, in their own right, and what I enjoy about them is that they have a similar mode of playing but very distinct styles of play.

I bought both of their most recent albums and in the past 2 weeks have listened to little else. The sheer enjoyment of their music has been inspiring in my own playing, which I admit has suffered since I moved to Vermont.  There’s an open mic here in a couple weeks, down the road in Charlotte.  I’m thinking of playing (and being nudged by some folks here at CVC), and so I’ll have to see how that develops out.

Anywya, check out these two artists.  I might actually buy a CD if I can find one in a store, but I know that Andy tours a bit, albeit not to Burlington yet, and Antoine plays quite a bit across the border in Quebec.  Hopefully I’ll get to catch them live soon.

Stress

This week, and I’m sure next, promise to be some of the most stressful in at least a month.

Seriously.

I thought getting a mortgage was stressful, and it was, but lots of people do it; most people, probably at least once in their lives. I know being in the NICU with Nina was stressful, and unforgetable, and sadly, many parents go through that as well.

But the next 10 or 12 days are sure to be some of the busiest and most hectic of my professional life. There’s a very big car conference next weekend in Vegas, and stuff I’ve worked on is going to be unveiled there. There’s a considerable amount of pressure involved, as the stakes are pretty high. A lot of tears and treasure has been risked to make this show a success, and I think we’re in good shape.

But there’s still work to do, and the closer we get the less time there is for mistakes.