I have to make a call and quit the band today... This is going to be tough. This was going to be my first band. (was my first band?) I've been playing with these guys for a few weeks now. I've only been playing for 5 years and while I've jammed with various people just for kicks, I had yet to join a band. I finally got the chance. My best friend is the band leader. It was a great opportunity, great guys, great music - but I just can't do it. We practice way too far from my home (over 100 miles) and I just can't do it anymore. These guys are better players than me, and the only way I can pull it off is to do a LOT of practicing at home. I thought I could do it - make the big drive on band rehearsal nights and put in my practice time on the other nights - but factor in over-time requirements at my job and there's not enough day's in the week for me. It's just too physically exhausting and hard on my cars to make that drive twice a week and the practice time that is required on the other night to make it all work is leaving me with no time left over for my wife and kids. I thought I would do anything to make this situation work, but I just can't do it. This is very disappointing. This really was a chance to play with great friends who are fantastic musicians. We have great songs and great things could have happened. I could be passing up the opportunity of a lifetime, but I just can't make it work. This just sucks. Oh well, work will slow down in the spring and all of this overtime will go away and then I can look for a band in my area that need a bass player. I think even if I don't like the music or the people nearly as much playing reasonably close to home would be really nice. I guess that's the lesson learned. Sorry for the huge rant - this is a tough day in my musical life and I just had to vent.