I was giving thought yet again to getting a new group together or finding the right band to work with, and my girlfriend got into a discussion with me this evening, knowing what I've felt about the local scene and some of the very lame, soundalike bar bands in the area (those of you that remember my earlier posts will recall my issues in that aspect). Anyway, we were here having dinner and I had beel flipping channels on Sirius when, after a Metallica song on the "BuzzSaw" channel, a Lynyrd Skynyrd song ( ) came on. I immediately changed the channel before my dinner got ruined. My g/f couildn't understand what my problem was with that particular band. I told her that one main reason was that I never liked them (duh) and the other was that too many bands find themselves forced to do a couple of their songs. She was like, "Well shouldn't you do a couple of songs of theirs anywa?" I said, their songs wouldn't fit in a set list of the kind of material I was thinking of (very alternative-leaning [non-emo]), but more importantly, I think that the audience deserves a whole set where the band is playing their hearts out behind songs they appreciate playing, without halfassing their way through supposedly "obligatory" material.