“But every one is a little bit weird,” you say.
True. But musicians often get a pass for their bad attitudes.
If you’re a worship leader, you’ve probably seen this in your musicians. In today’s post, I’m going to give you some tips that will help locate grumpy players.
You should also be warned that worship leaders – not me and you, of course – can also be grumpy musicians. You should probably forward it to those other grouchy worship leaders out there….
GEAR DOESN’T WORK
The most common symptom of a grumpy musician is an immediate realization that something is terribly wrong with his or her equipment. Suddenly, the monitors are distorting or the stupid guitar won’t stay in tune. Gear does break, but it seems to happen most often when a player has a bad attitude. And usually, the gear fixes itself miraculously within twenty to thirty minutes.
PARTS DON’T MATTER
Grouchy band members will often wave off requests or encouragements about specific parts because they “just don’t matter.” Players will claim that the sound engineer doesn’t even have them in the mix or their spouse says all we hear is the drums non-stop. I wish I had mind-control powers over sound engineers, but I do not. But that should never cause to give our second-best to the Father.
NOT FEELING IT
Musicians struggling are likely to leave practice/service as soon as possible because they’re not emotionally connecting to the songs. Apathy will cause players to numbly trudge along until the song set is over. I guess that’s the danger of basing your service on emotional connection, huh?
Bandmates with bad attitudes will be cynical – vocally cynical – when a new idea is presented. Disappointment or anger will manifest in players than either push back or ignore what’s been planned or presented to the band. This is not a good creative environment, y’all.
Watch out for grumpy players. They’re out there. Believe me.