I tried out for a local Irish band this past Monday. I have known the band members since they formed the band, and many years before then. I have followed their career all this time and have always enjoyed their music. Their bassist was moving on to another city and since I had been playing bass for a few years now, they asked me try out. I felt complimented. Very much so. They had five others express an interest in trying out. Over time, 4 would drop out as they found out about the time commitment, leaving it me against one other guy. I was nervous. I shouldn't have been nervous, as I already knew all of the songs. I already have all their CDs and listen to them often. But, I was nervous. I wasn't nervous when I tried out for and made it into the The Bible Blues Band. I wasn't nervous when I tried out for and made it into Whose Standing -- a short-lived southern rock gospel band. I wasn't nervous when I tried out for and made it at a church that I ended up playing at for 14 minutes at their primary bassist. These were my friends. And I was nervous. It was a very weird feeling. Maybe because they asked me to try out? Maybe because if I flubbed up in front of strangers, I would never see them again? Anywho, I will find out by May 22nd that I won the spot. I am confident I will get it. Otherwise, why even try?