Hey everyone, Six months ago (March 2013) I joined an originals group just getting launched in the seacoast area of the state. Then in July we moved to be closer to my wife's work, so the commute to band practice went from 20 minutes to nearer an hour. That's about $20 on gas each practice night. The group is drums, me on bass, two guitarists, and a keys player/singer. In the last seven months we've worked up quite a bit of material - there's an album's worth of music which mostly seems to be just around the corner from turning into real songs that we could play out or put on a CD. However, there are only one or two songs that are actually written, done, and everyone knows their parts. I've become the principal lyricist by default, just because I'll go home from a jam and think up lyrics for what we came up with. I'm not the principal singer, though. He's very capable, but in all this time has not actually sat down with the lyrics I bring in and learned them. Maybe it's because of his job, where he's working long hours, maybe it's just procrastination, I don't know. I've gone home and written whole songs soup to nuts and recorded them myself with drum machine, my own mediocre guitar and singing, and bass, in hopes that this would be a way that we would get material up and running faster rather than waiting to jam it out collectively. I'll email the recording around and everyone will say "good work," but then nobody sits down to learn it or work up their own ideas for parts to go with it. Scheduling has become the other issue. Me and the guitarist who hosts rehearsal have very flexible schedules; the others, less so. Week after week it's almost impossible to get all five in one room together, so we often practice with four or cancel. This is my first originals group, I like the people and I like our sound and I like the idea of playing songs I wrote or helped write. I didn't quit when I moved for those reasons, and also because I didn't have a group in the new town to play with. Now, though, I'm getting auditions and offers for cover groups nearby and I'm starting to wonder if I should stick with this group. Incidentally, I just reviewed and updated the family budget and we just barely break even, so $60-80 a month on gas to drive over there is not inconsequential. So - thoughts? How long do you give an originals project to get it together? Should I give it time to simmer, will the outcome be worth it? What's everyone's take here?