The Biblical Origins of the Jobbing Band
In the dark of night the Lord awoke Noah, and spoke to him:
"Noah, awake and heed my words!"
And Noah, being sore afraid and disoriented, did cry out, "Who goeth there?"
And the Lord did smite him upside the head, saying, "It is the Lord of all things, dummy!"
And Noah did tremble, saying, "Lord, why hath thou wakened me?"
And the Lord did say, "Noah, build me a Jobbing Band."
"For the earth will be visited by a plague of Brides, followed
by forty days of
Trade Shows and forty nights of Awards Banquets."
And Noah did say, "Command me, Lord."
And the Lord did say, "First, thou must find me a Leader."
And Noah replied, "But Lord, will I not be thy Leader?"
And the Lord did smite him again, saying, "Fool, thou will be my Contractor. Ask not why!"
And Noah did bow his head, saying, "Yes, my Lord. And what will this Leader play?"
And the Lord said, "It mattereth little, whether he play or not,
or whether he be proficient
or not. For his job shall primarily be to talk to the Brides and their Mothers, and to deal with Clients,
and to count off Tempos wrong, and to inquire as to whether Overtime will happen, and to try to
segue tunes that should not be segued. If he playeth any instrument, thou must always have another
player of that instrument on the band, just to be safe."
And Noah did say, "And what else shall this Leader do?"
And the Lord replied, "It shall be his job to spread Bad
Information and Confusion amongst
the Sidemen, and to pit them one against the other, and to delay all payments."
"Further shall it be his job, until we can afford a Soundman, to
and to invent new Equalization Curves therefore."
And Noah did shake his head in wonder, saying, "Lord, thy ways
are Strange and Mysterious.
What more shall I do?"
And the Lord said, "Next, find me a Rhythm Section."
"First, find me a Drummer. And Three Things above all must this Drummer possess."
And Noah did ask, "What are these Three Things? Double Bass Drums? An Electronic Kit? Congas?"
And the Lord did smite Noah again, saying "Second-guess me not,
my servant. First, this Drummer must have
slightly imperfect time, so that whenever he playeth a Fill (and he shall play many), he always emergeth at a
different place, sometimes early and sometimes late, but thou may not guess which."
"And second, he must be Supremely Discontent, always hoping for
the Big Break which will
lead to him playing with Chick Corea or Madonna, so that he despiseth Jobbing.
"And third, he must always be convinced of his Righteousness, in
all things, including Time,
Volume, Tempo and Feel, so that he argueth always with the Bass Player."
And Noah did say, "As you command, Lord. And what next?"
And the Lord did say, "Thou art learning, Noah. Next shall be
the Bass Player.
And he shall be Bored. That is all."
And Noah did say, "Of course. And next, my Lord?"
"Next shall be the Piano Player. And he shall play as if he has
twenty fingers, and he shall play
Substitute upon Substitute, until no man may name the Chord, and he will not be helpful.
"Furthermore, he shall always be Late. And he shall always be
trying out New Gear,
of which he has no knowledge."
And Noah did wonder aloud, "Lord, Great is thy Wisdom!"
"Next shall be the Guitar Player. And he shall be a Rock Guitar Player."
"And he shall be Loud, and he shall sing 'Old Time Rock n'
Also he shall know not The Page, and so shall rely upon his Ears, which have been
damaged by exposure to High Sound Pressure Levels. For the Guitarists who Read shall already
be playing Shows, and will be making the Big Shekels."
"And his tux shall be the Rattiest."
And Noah did say, "It shall be done."
And the Lord did say, "Next thou shall need Horns".
"First shall be the Saxophones. And they shall be Be-boppers.
And they shall play their Bird
Quotes in every song, yea, even the Celine Dion ballad. And they shall Get High on every break,
and make the Long Faces all night long, but especially when 'In The Mood' is called".
"Next shall be the Trumpeters. And they shall every one attempt
to take everything Up an Octave,
and fail frequently. And of Changes they shall know nothing.
"And finally shall be the Trombone Player. And many jokes will
be made about him, for he will
have a Beeper, as well as a Day Job, and he will be the first to be Cut from the Band."
And Noah, taking many notes, did say, "Mighty is the Lord!"
"Next shall be the String Players. Find me Three Women, and
attach Pickups to their
Violins that are more ancient even than Myself, so that their instruments screecheth and causeth great pain.
"And their job shall be to dress in Evening Gowns, and to Fake
Parts on all Ballads, and to occasionally
Stroll, and to complain about the Volume, and the Intonation, and to impede the Swing."
And Noah did say, "What else can be left, Lord?"
And the Lord did say, "Finally, find me the Singers."
"And they shall be Three, one a Male, and two Females."
"And the Male shall be a Strutting Peacock, with the Rock 'N
Roll Hair, and he shall
never have to wear The Tuxedo, and also shall he play The Harmonica."
"And of the Females, one shall be Black and one shall be White.
And the Black one shall ALWAYS sing the Aretha songs, and the Disco.
And the White one shall ALWAYS sing the Power Ballads, and the Country Songs."
"But both shall share the Motown Medley, and shall sing Backup
for the Male, and forget
the Words, and be Late, and know nothing of Keys or Form. And they shall leave every gig
immediately, having never touched a piece of Equipment."
"And they shall be paid many more shekels than the Sidemen. Ask not why."
And Noah did say, "As Thou sayest, my Lord."
And the Lord did command him, "Search high and low for these, as
not every musician can fulfill
these requirements. And though we have No Work yet, a Committment must be secured from All.
And while you're at it, start looking for Subs."
And Noah did say, "Lord, thy will be done."
And it was.