Well, it’s an historic moment as I post these first pictures of the band not performing together. I confess that it was something of a teary-eyed moment as we made sure nobody had forgotten not to bring their instruments, and then lapsed into that first blissful moment of silence as the band expunged all thought of noise from its collective brain, and – well, we were a band.
And hot? Wow! It was as if we hadn’t being playing together simply forever, and that all these talented people instinctively knew how not relate to each other and the skills their fellow musicians didn’t possess.
When I say “we” I mean the musicians, of course. I’m just the band’s manager, and don’t want to be seeing to be taking credit for this amazing inaugural achievement for OES. But I feel I share a bond with the members of the band proper that goes beyond a “business” relationship. We are OES, and I share in the pride each of the members of the band should rightfully feel for their role in making this an unforgettable event.
Needless to say everyone was totally pumped about not doing this again, and I’m drowning in email messages and telephone calls trying to juggle the schedules of seven people who are itching not to appear together soon. I hear through the grapevine that one of the band’s members (I won’t identify him or her, except to say that he or she isn’t the drummer, lead guitarist, vocalist, keyboardist or even one of the band’s many tamborine players) is having problems sleeping because of the anticipation.
The problem is, where not to perform next? If you think it’s easy being the hottest Toronto band, think again. Where you find yourself not appearing has big impact on your reputation. Yeah, we’re eager for the next date, but we don’t want to been not making an appearance at someplace that could hurt us in the long run. That’s why we considered so carefully the decision we eventually took not to appear at weddings (I’d be lying if I said this was a unanimous decision, and if some feathers weren’t ruffled deciding on this policy, but we’re moving past this moment and I can assure you everyone on the band is getting on with one another splendidly).
So we’ll not to it again soon! I want to make sure that I get the band bios and pictures loaded up by that time, though, because I know people are going to be curious to check us out once they don’t see us more and more. ROCK ON OES!