What's that they say about "a bird in the hand"?
I'd been in this one particular (start-up) band since July. It's a niche band, oldies / doo wop stuff. There were some very talented pieces to the puzzle in place (especially the 2 female vox who had been in a similar band in the past), but there'd also been a good amount of turnover trying to find the right mix. We weren't ready to gig, and probably wouldn't be for another few months. They were going for a highly choreographed stage show, too ... you know, poodle skirts & all that ... which took time to nail down the act. Rehearsals were usually an hour drive (each way) after work, and my split of the studio rental usually came to ~ $10 a pop.
In the meantime, back in October, a co-worker invited me to sit in on one of their gigs for a few songs. It was only 3 songs, but they seemed to like what they heard. Several days after this, they were notified that their bass player was relocating out of state much sooner than planned, i.e. immediately. So they asked me to join the band as their bassist. This band as a whole is not as talented as the oldies band "could be". For one, the vox are not as strong, and the lead guitarist - who also happens to be the BL - has a tendency to play too loud &/or with too much distortion. They do play more songs that I like outside of a band setting, which is nice, too. Bottom line is, though, they had/have gigs lined up. Not lucrative gigs, but not chump change, either. I'm not in this for the $$, so it's enough for me.
Since my department lost 3 employees since mid-October, my workload increased, which also restricted my ability to leave work early on rehearsal days. My co-worker said not to worry about rehearsals for this 2nd band; he'd just keep me in the loop on anything I'd need to know over & above just learning the songs on my own. My work schedule probably won't ease until replacements are on board, maybe by February/March.
Bottom line, I called the BL of this 1st band and told him I was leaving. I made the decision to leave a promising opportunity (who knows if/when they'd ever be gig-ready) for one that has some weaknesses, but is busy at the moment & into the future.
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