Aggh... just gotta vent a bit. I kinda got the idea about 8 months ago or so to really have a go at playing regularly with a band again. I was just playing the occasional pickup gig prior to that and lately not many of those, even. Part of the reason I had given up before was that there just wasn't anything at all that suited me, musically - and I don't consider myself to be hugely selective, either. After a false-start project or two, I landed in a classic rock cover band. Not the music I wanted to play, mind you, and I convinced myself it would be a temporary stepping stone, possibly splintering off with some of the members, possibly jumping ship entirely. Great players, mostly. My wife tries to be supportive but she hates the genre more than me. Now the band has decided to change directions - a Houston booking agent has told us that he'll work with us if we modernize our sound and/or play more danceable stuff. Part of me is jumping for joy, and the other is convinced that this is a hopeless project that will only cause the band to lose focus for awhile until it's decided that we'll just stick with what we (umm, they) know. Every single day for the past few months, I've checked three local 'musicians wanted' boards, with no luck. If I want another gig, my options seem to be this: 1. Lots of hard rock/metal bands. Not my cup of tea. 2. Overly simplistic blues band. Fast blues. Slow blues. The Dump-de-dump-de-dump shuffle. Repeat in another key with one slightly different break. Don't make the mistake of thinking they'd welcome a bass line that moves around a bit more, either. 3. Country. Not cool country either, just the worst tripe Nashville knows how to make. 4. Various original bands. Two that I turned down were really good. Both of those I knew were destined to stay in their rehearsal rooms and would fall apart before they ever made any headway (neither has played a show yet, at least six months later). Others tend to be overly amateur and/or mediocre - and at 35, I'm getting to where I can't really fit into just any hip young original band, anyway - even if I liked what I heard It's a blue collar southern town and unfortunately despite the 'swamp pop' and 'blue eyed soul' that came from this area back in the 50's & 60's, white musicians tend to want to play boring whitebread stuff (see above) and black musicians already seem to have enough great players for the tiny R&B scene that I can see. There are a few good cover bands, and I had to pass on joining one because they worked weeknights out of town - which didn't jibe well with my career. I regret not jumping on that opportunity and trying to make it work, though. Okay, I'll stop ranting now. I need to go to bed I'm reading this thing and I don't think I deserve a whole lot of sympathy - maybe I AM just too darn picky, after all.