Amazingly the ‘dude has done a couple rehearsals – for real rehearsals with all of us together playing all of our instruments and singing and stuff. Shocking.
Things are sounding good, and we’re having lots of fun playing, which is the important part. To me it proves something I’ve believed in for a while: just book the gig.
If you ever have a discussion with someone that says you should rehearse and rehearse until you sound good, and then book a show, tell them that won’t necessarily work. You could rehearse until the cows come home and never feel confident enough to book a gig. Conversely, if you book a date, sheer terror will force you to rehearse madly so that you sound good by the time you hit the stage.
Here’s an analogy. Someone we know (who shall remain nameless) has a tendency to let clutter in their abode get a little out of control. This person will, however, buckle down and do some hardcore cleaning of their place when they know that company is coming. See? They don’t clean the place up and then invite people over. It’s the impending event that forces them to get things in order!
So don’t wait. Book yourself a performance and have some fun playing music for people in a real live stylee.