It's 2:00 AM (I'm never up this late), and just got back from watching another local band play their last set. You see, our bands' set up is about the same. Drums, Bass, Guitar, Keys, 2-3 horns and a lead singer. Their lead singer left us to be with them when their lead singer passed away unexpectedly. They just kicked through some real difficult rock music including Steely Dan, Stevie Wonder, Chicago and Sir Paul Mc Cartney's Live and Let Die all effortlessly and tight as a drum. (pun intended) My band has taken an extended break since April. Now we want to get started again since everyone is finished with their families' summer vacations. After watching the other band for 45 minutes, I don't think I can stand to get back together with my band. Some of the band is very good, but some are very weak musically. to make matters more complicated, 5 of the 7 guys are doctors and friends. No body wants to hurt anyone's feelings. We are having a dinner meeting Tuesday night to discuss the direction of the band, new songs, gigging goals and a possible name change. I just needed to vent a little. My wife and kids are out of town, my guitarist friend in my band is asleep I'm sure and my dogs don't speak English. Thanks. I told the lead singer, who I've stayed friendly with, that if their bass player ever leaves, not to wait to call me.