I've started a memoir-ish blog about my 35 years or so of being in bands.
My most recent post was on John Linnell and the Statesmen, a solo project by one-half of They Might Be Giants. (I played bass.) I’m not going chronologically or in any particular order.
So far (5 posts in), the blog has been very fun and very hard work. It's gotten me back in touch with a lot of people through comments and emails, and it's been very gratifying to see the connections people have to music I've been involved in, or even just to the experience of being in a band.
For the purposes of this blog, I’m using a pretty generous definition of “band” and “been in.” I’m going to try to add a new entry every week or so. By my last count, this should take about a year to complete. I played bass in most of these bands, sometimes as primary member, sometimes as a frequent sub.
I’m not writing this because my music career has been especially noteworthy. Few of the bands I’ve been in have achieved anything but the most local renown. I’m a good bass player, but there are many better ones out there. I know a lot of musicians who could write a blog called “Every band I’ve ever been in” and it would have a broader appeal than this one. But looking back, it’s been a whole lot of music, and the connections make for a pretty unique portrait of who I am and, at the same time, a pretty spot-on portrayal of what it’s been like for many of us to play music for the last 35 years or so.
I'd love to hear any suggestions or comments.
The blog I need help with is everyband.wordpress.com.