The First Band

And so in the dark of night the Lord awoke Noah, and spoke to him.  
"Noah, awaken and heed my words!"

And Noah, being sore afraid and disoriented, didst cry out, "Who 
goeth there?"

And the Lord didst smite him upside the head, saying, "It is the Lord 
of all things, dummy!"

And Noah didst tremble, saying, "Lord, why hath thou wakened me?"

And the Lord didst say, "Noah, build me a Jobbing Band. For the earth 
will be visited by a plague of Brides followed by forty days of Trade 
Shows and forty nights of Awards Banquets."

And Noah didst say, "Command me, Lord."

And the Lord didst say, "First, thou must find me a Leader."

And Noah replied, "But Lord, will I not be thy Leader?"

And the Lord didst smite him again, saying, "Fool, thou will be my 
Contractor. Ask not why!"

And Noah didst bow his head, saying, "Yes, my Lord. And what will 
this Leader play?"

And the Lord said, "It mattereth little, whether he play or not, or 
whether he be proficient or not. For his job shall primarily be to 
talk to the Brides and their Mothers, and to deal with Clients, and 
to count off Tempos wrong, and to inquire as to whether overtime will 
happen, and to try to segue tunes that should not be segued. If he 
playeth any instrument, thou must always have another player of that 
instrument on the bandstand, just to be safe."

And Noah didst say, "And what else shall this Leader do?"

And the Lord replied, "It shall be his job to spread bad information 
and confusion amongst the Sidemen, and to pit them one against the 
other, and to delay all payments."

"Further shall it be his job, until we can afford a Soundman, to 
create Feedback, and to invent new Equalization Curves therefore."

And Noah didst shake his head in wonder, saying, "Lord, thy ways are 
Strange and Mysterious. What more shall I do?"

And the Lord said, "Next, find me a Rhythm Section. First, find me a 
Drummer. And Three Things above all must this Drummer possess."

And Noah didst ask, "What are these Three Things? Double Bass Drums? 
An Electronic Kit? Congas?"

And the Lord didst smite Noah again, saying "Second-guess me not, my 

And Noah didst beg, "Forgiveth me Lord, for I know not what I say."

And the Lord didst forgiveth Noah, and continueth "First, this 
Drummer must have slightly imperfect time, so that whenever he 
playeth a Fill (and he shall play many), he always emergeth at a 
different place, sometimes early and sometimes late, but thou may not 
guess which."

"And second, he must be Supremely Discontent, always hoping for the 
Big Break which will lead to him playing with Chick Corea or Madonna, 
so that he despiseth Jobbing."

"And third, he must always be convinced of his Righteousness, in all 
things, including Time, Volume, Tempo and Feel, so that he argueth 
always with the Bass Player."

And Noah didst say, "As you command, Lord. And what next?"

And the Lord didst say, "Thou art learning, Noah. Next shall be the

Bass Player. And he shall be Bored. That is all."

And Noah didst say, "Of course. And next, my Lord?"

And the Lord didst say next, "Next shall be the Piano Player. And he 
shall play as if he has twenty fingers, and he shall play Substitute 
upon Substitute, until no man may name the Chord, and he will not be

Furthermore, he shall always be Late. And he shall always be trying 
out New Gear, of which he has no knowledge."

And Noah didst wonder aloud, "Lord, Great is thy Wisdom!"

And the Lord didst wisely continue, "Next shall be the Guitar 
Player.  And he shall be a Rock Guitar Player. And he shall be Loud, 
and he shall sing 'Old Time Rock n' Roll'. Also shall he know not The 
Page, and so shall rely upon his Ears, which have been damaged by 
exposure to High Sound Pressure Levels.  For the Guitarists who Read 
shall already be playing Shows, and will be making the Big Shekels."

"And his tux shall be the Rattiest."

And Noah didst say, "It shall be done."

And the Lord didst say, "Next thou shall need Horns."

"First shall be the Saxophones. And they shall be Beboppers. And they 
shall play their Bird Quotes in every song, yea, even the Celine Dion 
ballad medley. And they shall Get High on every break, and make the 
Long Faces all night long, but especially when 'In The Mood' is called."

"Next shall be the Trumpeters. And they shall every one attempt to 
take everything Up an Octave, and fail frequently. And of Changes 
they shall know nothing."

"And finally shall be the Trombone Player. And many jokes will be 
made about him, for he will have a Beeper, as well as a Day Job, and 
he will be the first to be Cut from the Band."

And Noah, taking many notes, didst say, "Mighty is the Lord!"

"Next shall be the String Players. Find me Three Women, and attach 
Pickups to their Violins that are more ancient even than Myself, so 
that their instruments screecheth and causeth great pain."

"And their job shall be to dress in Evening Gowns, and to Fake Parts 
on all Ballads, and to occasionally Stroll, and to complain about the 
Volume, and the Intonation, and to impede the Swing."

And Noah didst say, "What else can be left, Lord?"

And the Lord didst say, "Finally, find me the Singers."

"And they shall be Three, one a Male, and two Females."

"And the Male shall be a Strutting Peacock, with the Rock 'N Roll 
Hair, and he shall never have to wear The Tuxedo, and also shall he 
play The Harmonica."

"And of the Females, one shall be Black and one shall be White. And 
the Black one shall ALWAYS sing the Aretha songs, and the Disco.

"And the White one shall ALWAYS sing the Power Ballads, and the 
Country Songs. But both shall share the Motown Medley, and shall sing 
Backup for the Male, and forget the Words, and be Late, and know 
nothing of Keys or Form.  And they shall leave every gig immediately, 
having never touched a piece of Equipment."

"And they shall be paid many more shekels than the Sidemen. Ask not 

And Noah didst say, "As Thou sayest, my Lord."

And the Lord didst command him, "Search high and low for these, as 
not every musician can fulfill these requirements. And though we have 
No Work yet, a Commitment must be secured from All.

And while you're at it, start looking for Subs.

And Noah didst say "Lord, thy will be done!

And it was.