This is The Wealthy Orphans playing live in the studio at our local radio station WYCE. We are performing our song Broken Dreams during the stations fall fundraising campaign. The Orphans are made up of DJ Viernes on percussion, Adam Thompson on bass, Michael Schaeffer on accordion and myself, Rick Beerhorst singing and playing rythm guitar. After we did this little gig on the radio we ended up back at Michael's house for a couple hours catching up over a few drinks. Our time together felt like a much needed long cool drink on a hot day.
Making music in a band is as much about the relationships as it is about the music. We humans are social creatures and we need good quality friendships in order to stay emotionally healthy. We need people around us we know and trust in order open up. We need to have people we can share some of the things we are struggling with in order to get the help and support that we so desperately need. Over time, as you play music together with the same group of people, the relationships have time to evolve and deepen. This not only benefits the quality of the music but it also helps each of the band members to have that place to belong and contribute.
Bringing creative people together in to collaborative projects is one of my favorite things to do. It is not unusual for very creative people to have trouble fitting in to a larger group simply because of their pronounced uniqueness can lead to isolation. (Just ask any creative odd ball you may know what their high school experience was like.) So when this kind of person finally finds their place, it can be powerful enough to set off a personal revolution. These groups also become a great context for launching truly innovative work.