So I've been working at putting a new cover band together. Except it's not really completely "new." The drummer and the singer are from my old band - my first gigging band - that collapsed a couple of years ago. We agreed this would be a new launch rather than just reviving that, though it looks like we'll pick up maybe a third of the old song list to jump start from. That left us with the guitar slot to fill. I was worried about that. Been through the CL thing, both auditioning myself and using it to find people. There were a couple of guitarists the singer knew, but neither was available. I shot out an email to another guy that I knew in the area. He plays with a band that's been together for ten years but only gigs about once a month and he wants to do more, so it turned out, yes, he's up for it. He and I have kept on having near-misses over the last four years or so. There was a trio project that last about a month before the drummer quit to join another group, there was a project I was starting with a keys/player singer that this guitarist auditioned for, but the keys player didn't want him, and he showed up as a sub for this first gigging band I mentioned. So we had the first rehearsal with everyone last night, sat around the table and talked for a while, both getting to know each other and band business, then went in the drummer's music room and jammed. Couldn't have asked for it to go better. Everything wasn't squeaky-clean polished, of course. But after two or three runs, each song pulled together pretty decently. He's not a shredder or anything but the leads were there where they needed to be. Everyone got along. As it turns out, he owns a sub (the drummer has a PA but that's the one thing that was missing), and does most of the booking for his other band so he knows the venues in the seacoast area. Huge asset! Sometimes it seems like things are too easy. Hope I didn't just jinx it.