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I promised myself I wouldn’t write much, if anything, about a recent sore spot. But I can’t help myself. With my band, Catdaddy Pirates, just a few weeks away from being ready to gig, our guitar player has quit. I’d like to be able to smile and wish him the best, comfortable that we parted ways amicably. But the truth of the matter is that this was handled badly.
We don’t really know which issue it was that finally pushed our guitar player over the edge. He had so many issues with so many different things that we were never sure what he was tweaked about at any given moment. He was always upset about something, and we seemed to feed his paranoia with every other word that came out of our mouths.
Well, something finally got him. On Sunday of this week he informed us that he had taken another gig and that Catdaddy Pirates would have to go on the back burner. Needless to say, for me and Wolf, our drummer, that was simply unacceptable. I asked him for clarification. He was rather vague, so I wanted to know if he was leaving the band or if he was really expecting us to sit around and wait for him to come noodle around with us at his convenience. He never responded. There have been no e-mails or phone calls. He hasn’t spoken to us at all since making his parting statement.
Like I said, it could, and should, have been handled better. Ideally, it would have been nice if he had practiced good form and spoken to us in person, or at least on the phone, rather than hide behind one e-mail he sent out on Sunday. But that’s his deal, and it’s all on him. He’s made his choices. All we can do at this point is shrug it off and move on. While I’m disappointed at his choices, and especially his handling of his departure, I can’t afford to lose any sleep over it.
You know, as much as I hate to say it, a lot of pressure has just been removed. We’ve been dealing with someone who seems to take every personal sentiment as a direct challenge. If you told him about your favorite guitar, he had to one-up you by talking about the vintage guitar he has, that was apparently better somehow than what you have. If you showed him pictures of your home, he had to show you pictures of his farm, that was, again, apparently much better than what you have. Every single thing you ever mentioned was some kind of inferred challenge which he felt he had to respond to. Every single issue was turned into a pissing contest. I dreaded the notion of working on original songs. I mean, if you can’t mention one of your guitars without him feeling like he had to one-up you, what was it going to be like when you tried to play one of your songs for the band? I knew what it was going to be. “That’s a pretty good song, but listen to this…”
Now we can move on. Hopefully we can get some work done now that we’re not going to be distracted with putting out little fires every other day. I’ll always think fondly of this gentleman, and will gladly acknowledge his skills as a guitarist (we made some great recordings which, quite frankly, I can use to showcase my voice), but I think he’s in for a lot of frustration in his life. As I told someone the other day, I may be opinionated and I may stand my ground, but I’m respectful and considerate of others, and I always try to be all-inclusive. If you can’t get along with me, you’re not likely to get along with anybody.

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Tina Schwartz
Tina Schwartz
13 years ago

Hey Wic, Doug and I, as I’m sure you as well, are very used to dealing with musicians like this. It’s either, ego, insecurity, drug addiction blah blah whatever, we have been through this before. It is not easy getting a band together, but at least you and Doug are on the same page. You guys will find the right fit so don’t get discouraged. Guitarists are a dime a dozen and yes, JC was talented, but simply not worth all this. There are other talented guys out there and you will find them. Keep your chin up. It simply wasn’t meant to be. Frankly, I sensed this with him from the very beginning and I’d never even met him.

Brother Wolf -
Brother Wolf -
13 years ago

I believe that in a situation such as this, each individual needs to do a reality check. Everything happens for a reason. People come in and out of our lives each day, and hopefully we can learn something from our encounters. This particular event started off like a brand new relationship, ya know its always great. If its not meant to be than it falls apart on its own. One could look at this and say “Man you guys got f*cked dry and didnt even get kissed.” But after you get up and wipe away the blood, you look in the mirror and say “Tomorrows got to be a better day”

Brother Wolf -
Brother Wolf -
13 years ago

“WINDHAVEN” has the power of the Godz!!!

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