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November 18, 2008 / alunatunes

November 18- Tis the Season….


“No matter how many communes anybody invents, the family always creeps back.” -Margaret Mead

At some point in life, we create our own families, outside of biology and blood. We leave our local nest to attend college, or move to another city or state to pursue dreams.  Musicians are experts at forming communes of their own. We share our hopes, dreams, ambitions and living quarters with band mates. Our homes become meeting places and rehearsal spaces. Our friends and fans often become our closest “relatives”. Whether we think of band as tribe or clan, feelings about home and family are reflected in the way we communicate and live with those we adopt as relatives.

During these next few months, remember your band clan and include them in holiday gatherings. You may have a drummer  far from his own clan base and he’d welcome a home cooked meal in a family environment.  It’s easy with performance schedules to dismiss the holidays, or to discount the value of relatives as you’re recording, rehearsing and touring.  Make time to remember your family this holiday season. If you can’t be at a reunion in person, send a meaningful gift of flowers for the communal table or send a meaningful card or letter.

Bands come and go. Friends fall out and are never heard from again. Fans navigate toward whatever is new and different.  Acquaintances are just that. But family is enduring, no matter how odd, strange or misunderstood. Remember your roots this holiday season and do your best to recognize and respect your family of relations, fans, friends and band mates.

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  1. Norma Parr / Nov 18 2008 5:05 pm

    Excellant reminder !! Thank you.

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