"Success is the result of a series of difficult but necessary decisions." -Michael Mecherikoff, author of Nowhere Near Manhood
Perhaps the most challenging aspect of the music life is maintaining the boundary between business and personal within individual relationships, especially within the band. Each person is here to do a job, actually several jobs, and when everyone is doing their part, the product as well as the process thrill the senses, music fills the air, and feelings of accomplishment, excitement and potential reinforce bonds between the members--and easily can obscure the line between partnerships and friendships.
When things are going great, they're just that, going great, and the dual relationships strengthen. But when business problems arise, the thin line between professional and personal adds an extra layer to the problem. Discussing the issue becomes a personal criticism, as difficult to deliver as it is to receive, when in reality it's anything but.
Thus the decision to find a new drummer was a reminder of the business/personal boundary. We'd become friends with Jon; we saw that deep within him are a fundamentally good heart and the best of intentions. From a professional perspective, on the other hand, we saw that in order to grow, the band needed something from him that he felt he didn't have to give: time.
Parting ways with Jon was bittersweet; though the business relationship has come to an end, the personal connection we created in the process keeps us friends.
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