A year ago today, I stepped into my last band audition. At this point, I was convinced that I wasn’t good enough to be in a band. I had been told no so many times and as a result, I really started doubting my talent. “You’re a girl and we want to keep all guys in our band.” “You’re black and our drummer likes to make racist jokes.” “You’re not skilled enough.” Hearing that a billion times would make anyone doubt their talent. Before even going to the audition I made a promise to myself that if it didn’t work out, I would hang up playing the guitar for a long while. Taboo, right?! Anyway, I remember as soon as I met the guys, I already felt comfortable. The best part happened before we even started playing. The lead singer had told me that this wasn’t even an audition. They had decided beforehand that I was already in the band. I can’t tell you what a relief that was! As we started jamming, I knew this is where I needed to be. Alter would help me regain my confidence as a musician and a person. Yes, there have been some fights. Yes, there have been creative differences. Yes, there have been member changes. Yes, there have been some not so great shows. Heck, there have even been name changes! But that’s how a band works. To this day, I’m still learning that! All of those experiences have helped me learn about how a band cooperates.
In that short year, I went from being the lead guitarist in the band with a shot self-confidence to now being the lead guitarist, manager, booking agent, and arranger. Ergo, the leader of Coriander. I keep learning new things every day from being in this band. I thank all members of Alter/Coriander past and present. It’s truly been such a great experience with this band and I will stay the course ‘til the fire goes out.
Just look at these fabulous pictures that were taken last night of my band! We rocked the house last night! Literally, we played at a place called The Rock House. Minus my phone getting stolen, the singer showing up late, and being the only non cookie monster screaming band there, it was a great show! We debuted a new song called “Tear It Down” and it sounded awesome! Plus, this was the first show that I played bass in. I loved it! Oh and the guy who took our photos did it for free! My personal favorite of this batch is the picture of Taka, the drummer. So epic!