This is just a story about a guy thinking out loud about forming a family band.

So that's it, then. We'll go to the five-and-dime, buy matching vests and top hats, and form a family band. We'll take to the road in my four-door sedan and shlep around whatever instruments we can keep strapped on top. Maybe I could even invent a new strap designed especially for family bands, and that will help support us financially while we're in the "learning how to play musical instruments" phase. We'll only play in cities that end in -ville or -anooga, and make records that can only be purchased at truck stops. In between songs we can take turns telling stories about my childhood memories. In fact, that'll be the most important part of the show. I'll tell the story about the lighting factory that was across the street from the drive-in theater in my hometown, and how I wasn't familiar with the word "lighting", so I just imagined that the sign was misspelled, and so I thought that it was actually a factory that made lightning. And I was so worried about the lightning factory being so close to the drive-in theater, because what would happen if some of the lightning escaped from the factory and struck the big drive-in screen, because maybe nobody would know that it was real lightning, they might think it was just part of the movie, and then everybody at the drive-in would be killed by lightning. But I thought my uncle was so cool because he worked at the factory, so his job was to help make lightning, plus he lived in a house that was right next to a junk yard, so he could see piles and piles of wrecked cars anytime he wanted to, and I wanted to be just like him. And the whole time I'm telling this story, if it's my turn to tell the story, the rest of you could be stacking our top hats into a pyramid, and that could be our thing, since no other family bands build top hat pyramids during their shows. And after we become famous and wealthy, we'll play fewer and fewer shows, and make fewer and fewer records, and eventually we won't be a band anymore, we'll just be a family. But we can still drive to our favorite cities in my four-door sedan, but it would be more like a vacation, and people would still recognize us because we would still be wearing our vests and top hats, and they would say hi to us when we eat in the restaurants we ate in as a family band, but now we'd just be a family. And even if we never become that successful as a family band, it wouldn't be so bad if we eventually had to get other jobs and stop being a family band, because we could still be a family. It wouldn't bother us, because eventually we might forget we were ever in a family band, we would just think of ourselves as a family, except when we see some of our records when we go to truck stops, and then we would tell stories about the time when we were a family band. Then we would leave the truck stop and go home, and go back to just being a family.
  • 041020091102
    "Every new beginning comes from some other beginning's end." - Seneca

    Here's to the new New Family Band!!!
    Jan 06, 2010
  • Sdc10137adjusted
    hells yes!
    Jan 07, 2010
    by Damsel
  • Family_band_richie
    It's so weird to see such a short conversation thread! I trust that someday we'll be able to see it again. Just look at all of those hearts with no words in between, it looks so bleedy. I'm glad y'all have already started writing new words to lay on top of those fossilized gray hearts.
    Jan 08, 2010
  • Flowers
    I know what you mean Rich. It was kinda weird for me too when I first entered this thread. I'm keeping my fingers crossed that we'll still see an archive to v3, so we ca revisit our stories. Anyway, this could be a new chapter to Our family band! :)
    Jan 08, 2010
    by mushr
  • 100_1463_1
    Can I join? I've got a mouth harp I can contribute.
    Jan 30, 2010
  • Echotemplate
    Hey Richie - Hope you're doin' well! The thought occurred to me that it might be cool to start a Family Band Collaboration page to share journal entries, stories,audio records, virtual "jam sessions", etc. How would you feel about that? Just an idea, lemme know what you think! Since this was your original concept, thought I'd run it by you.
    Feb 18, 2010
  • Family_band_richie
    Hey echolalia - I guess that would be the logical next step wouldn't it. I mean, there have already been several RECords created under the family band banner, I guess they should have a home! Hmm... I've actually never created a collaboration before. I may think about writing a little piece for the collaboration description - I've actually been thinking a little bit about something tentatively called "O Family Band" - this might be a good reason to actually write that.
    Feb 19, 2010
  • Spaceship-1461125
    Yes. Yes yes yes to both of you. Let's collaborize this!
    Feb 19, 2010
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