I'm in that euphoric phase where the honeymoon is starting. If past experience is any guide, reality will kick in eventually and I'll get more sober about things as challenges and drawbacks arise. But right now I'm really happy. After a year and a half or so of bands limping along or crashing and burning, it looks like I have a couple of good projects that will hopefully be a lot of fun. Project 1 is a modern alternative/indie rock cover trio. This is an idea I had a while back but I shelved it when I got invited into a rockabilly band that looked to be up and running. When that blew up (see other threads) after a couple months, I went back to it. Recruited over CL and auditions dragged out for weeks trying to find the right people. I think I've got them, both very enthusiastic for the concept it looks like. The drummer is out of music school, young guy who wants to play pro, so I'm a little worried about being able to keep him long-term, but we'll cross that bridge when we come to it. The idea is to build the core of the set list around the alt-rock charts since 2000, and market to a younger crowd (21-35). Black Keys, White Stripes, Cage the Elephant, Arctic Monkeys, that kind of thing. Lots of danceable stuff in that range and I'm not seeing a lot of bands in the area focusing on it, though you do get the pop/eclectic cover bands doing bits of it. If it gets going, hopefully we'll be out gigging pretty regularly, so I'm thinking of this as my bread-and-butter band. Recruiting for that actually got me going in project 2, which is an originals band - another trio for now, though we're likely to add a fourth later. A drummer had replied to my CL ad for project 1, then pulled out to do another group, then the bassist for THAT group dropped out and he asked if I wanted to step in. I figured I had nothing to lose, met with him and this guitarist, and we hit it off pretty well. So this is an originals group. The guitarist and I each have a backlog of song ideas that we want to bring in, so we're still figuring out what genre and style we really are, but our styles don't seem to totally clash. I think of myself as a rock bassist but the drummer, listening to me material, thinks there's a lot more R&B in it. As a bonus, getting together with him also got me the chance to rope him back into project #1 a little, in that he said he'd be happy to be a sub or alternate if that project's drummer has conflicts. So basically... I'm stoked! Wish me luck. Will post updates as the bands evolve, or crash and burn.