Funny/Weird situation I'm in right now

Discussion in 'Band Management [BG]' started by Luke S Mouse, Jul 7, 2013.

  1. Luke S Mouse

    Luke S Mouse Guest

    Jun 5, 2009
    I've been jamming with a drummer friend of mine for quite a while now, we've been in a "band," I guess while we were away at college and now that we're both back home for the summer we've decided to jam at his house some more with a mutual friend of ours on guitar. Everything has been going well so far, we've had a few practices and recorded a few instrumental ideas. Just screwing around and not really being serious I named the first track we put down "Swing is Dead, Long Live Pigeon **** Metal," making reference to an Axl Rose comment made about the Eagles of Death Metal I just read about in passing.

    I get a text message saying "My Mom said we cannot practice at my house because she kind of got mad at our songs," (paraphrasing) These are instrumental tracks, mind you so of course it was the eccentric titles.
    I replied,"that's fine, they're just instrumental tracks,"
    He says,"My Mom said we shouldn't do instrumental tracks cause we should always sing the song of the Lord."
    *after I picked myself off the ground from laughing so hard
    Mind you I'm a pretty open minded guy, but the tracks we made are rather rockish, and I proposed a funky bass line I thought up and it just didn't work in this context.

    I replied "Don't worry man, I'll clean out my garage and we'll jam there,"
    He replies with "Here's some of my Mom's lyrics she wrote, not bad," and proceeds some typical religious lyricism about Darth Vader (Satan) vs. Obi Wan (God).
    I reply with "I don't really want to pigeonhole ourselves right since we're just starting out and really don't know what we've got here now,"

    After texting several times with no response back from my drummer, I don't know XD
    Damn my knack for eccentric working titles! XD
    And I am slightly suspicious this is a case of vicarious living, although I don't know his Mother enough to tell.

    Anyway, thanks for listening to my "still jamming at parents houses," blues guys. Take it easy.
  2. PauFerro


    Jun 8, 2008
    United States
    I would sing the lyrics she wrote in rehearsal and do the instrumentals live or on recording. Have a good time with it.
  3. Hobobob

    Hobobob Don't feed the troll, folks.

    Jan 25, 2011
    Colorado Springs, CO
    Dude's willing to let his MOM write religious lyrics for his rock band? I don't even know what to say to that.

    I_LIEK_BASE Guest

    Feb 6, 2013
    Best Mom! I know my mom would never try to write lyrics for me (religious or otherwise). Practice at your drummer's and have his mom sing...she'll almost definitely butt out after that
  5. bluewine

    bluewine Inactive

    Sep 4, 2008
    My parents are gone, however when I was your age back in the 60s they were more than encouraging but neither ever wrote any lyrics for me.

    I don't think your in a bad situation at all. It's a for fun thing, have fun and take a second look at her lyrics, she might be on to something.

  6. Texan

    Texan 667 Neighbor of the Beast. Supporting Member

    Aug 15, 2004
    Houston, TX
    I would sing his moms lyrics in the quintessential death metal growl...:banghead:
  7. Joe Louvar

    Joe Louvar Guest

    Jun 6, 2011
    Santa Rosa, CA USA
    LOL, thanks for venting/sharing - to funny. ItÂ’s sound like your drummer friend and his mother need to start a band together and call it "Mommas Drummer". ;) :D
  8. A butt-in-ski Mom who wants you to sing Christian music. If you can handle it with a sense of humor you're a better man than I. That's just way over the top as far as I am concerned.
  9. While I like the suggestion of doing her lyrics as death metal, I prefer my first thought...

    She wants religious music? Oh, I can do that. Does she prefer Satanic covers or Eric Cartman style re-writes resulting in inappropriate use of "Jesus"?
  10. Gopherbassist


    Jan 19, 2008
    It's kind of amazing. I've noticed a culture of control within religions. It becomes so normal to people that they don't even know what they're doing. Dictating the kind of choices someone has to make, and then making the choice for them like this kids mom did is a perfect example.

    I don't think there's anything to be said about it except "hey, these lyrics are great!"
    After that, of course, you just do whatever you're gong to do. Maybe your drummer will be able to laugh about this with you some time in the future.
  11. mellowinman

    mellowinman Free Man

    Oct 19, 2011
    If you could find a way to make Darth Vader the good guy, I think you'd have something there.
  12. Munjibunga

    Munjibunga Retired Member

    May 6, 2000
    San Diego (when not at Groom Lake)
    Independent Contractor to Bass San Diego
    Invite his mom to come and sing her lyrics with you guys. If she won't do it, tell her the lyrics are out.
  13. It'd be like a Star War's version of NIB.

    That sounds like a whacked family man. Name yourselves 'Killsong' and play deathmetal Hillsong covers.
  14. Showdown


    Jan 21, 2002
    Honolulu, Hawaii
    I don't even know what to say here.....

    When I was a teen in a band practicing in my parents house (late 70s) we were devout Baptists (father a deacon, mother Sunday School teacher), and our singer was the son of a Methodist minister. All 4 of us in the band were Christians. None of our parents ever told us what we could play, or made any suggestions. Even when we played Black Sabbath's Paranoid.

    As someone that grew up a Christian I find it odd that any Christian would think that only Christian music should be played. IMO there is a time and place for everything. It is fine to play religious music at church or even at home, but it is also alright to play secular rock music at home. I think if you are comfortable with your faith then it is not threatened by other music. As always, YMMV.

    I hope this makes sense. I typed it 20 minutes after I took Ambien for sleeping, and my fingers aren't working so well...
  15. delta7fred


    Jul 3, 2007
    This reminds me of a friend of mine. His son (now 20) has played guitar for about 7 years, practices conscientiously and to me sounds pretty good at the stuff he plays (not what I would choose to listen to but I am not 20 and haven't been for a lot of years). Trouble is his dad thinks because he doesn't like his son's choice of songs then no one else will.

    He keeps pestering me to teach him some Beatles songs, "something everybody knows". Now the kid is perfectly capable of learning Beatles songs if he wants to without my help and I keep refusing. He even dragged me down to one of his son's band rehearsals (they rehears at his house) so I could "offer advice on song selection". I did no such thing of course but I did advise him to step back and let his son choose his own musical course. That was about 18 months ago and he hasn't mentioned it since so I think I might have won that one.
  16. hrodbert696

    hrodbert696 Moderator Staff Member Gold Supporting Member

    It sounds like the mom comes from some kind of sect that has pretty exotic views on music. I've known churches that ONLY allow psalm singing, and some that ONLY allow a capella music, on the reasoning that modern instruments are not the ones used in the Bible (even harps and lyres don't count, apparently - no, it never made sense to me either). It sounds like what she wants is a) music has to be SUNG, not instrumental, and b) it has to be religious in content, and she seems to consider that a matter of religious principle.

    Given that, you're probably not going to change the mom's views. If YOU have religious views that would allow you to sing her lyrics without being a hypocrite, feel free. If not, the real question is whether your drummer will be willing and able to jam someplace else or if he shares his mother's religious views and is actually bothered himself by her objections. That's the talk you're going to have to have with him.
  17. Gopherbassist


    Jan 19, 2008
    Have you ever heard a sermon where the person says "do everything for God?"

    I always interpreted that to mean stop and think before you take action, decide if what you are going to do is good or will have a good outcome. Some people take it to mean that one should literally make everything about God.

    If you combine a controlling personality and the second interpretation of that idea, you get a situation like the one in the OP.
  18. Floyd Eye

    Floyd Eye Inactive

    Feb 21, 2010
    St. Louis
    I have never heard one single Christian song that I liked. So I know what I would say, but I ain't giving anyone here any advice about that.
  19. Bassist4Eris

    Bassist4Eris Frat-Pack Sympathizer

    Please please please post the lyrics :D
    Pretty please?
  20. fdeck

    fdeck Supporting Member Commercial User

    Mar 20, 2004
    Madison WI
    HPF Technology LLC
    Let her know that in Christian metal, the lyricist provides the PA, van, and refreshments. ;)