Rather, I told the band that I didn’t want anything to do with inner band workings, and that I wanted my role to be that of an independent contractor. In effect, I’ve given myself the freedom to say yes or no to One Drum shows, depending whether or not they want to invite me to shows.
It was a really difficult decision to make, but it’s one that I had on my mind for about two years. My involvement in the band was extensive to the point where I burned myself out. I lost patience. Additionally, I became fatigued by conflicts that are typical to all bands. Eventually, I had to cut myself free. True, it’s not a completely clean break, but since I told the band about my decision, the past two months have been very slow as far as gigs.
I haven’t really been playing that much music. A little acoustic guitar around the house, when I feel like it. I am not quitting music. On the contrary, music feeds my soul. I am simply making changes & gravitating towards avenues that will allow me to grow. I’ve been recording a little – mostly older songs that haven’t gotten the attention they deserve from me.
Yesterday, David Stocker asked me if I would join a One Drum quartet or quintet on a trip to the Pacific Northwest in April. I’m actually considering it. I’ve cleared it with work. It may be fun, especially since I’ve never been to that part of the country.