An end to vanity

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A band’s nightmare
by Music Insider Magazine

So you’re about to go to the studio and finish your first CD and maybe you should just let this go … but you have a singer who has such a big ego that you’re surprised his head can even fit through the door. He’s a good singer … and he knows it. It’s an explosive combination.

He won’t accept any constructive criticism and it all comes down to his way or no way. You don’t know if you should get rid of him or just get the CD finished. What do you do? This situation I’m sure has hit close to home for many.

Yes a good singer is hard to find but if you stick with him, how much longer can you and your band tolerate him after the CD is completed? A week? A month? A year? If the overwhelming feeling is that you all would be better without him, then there’s no time like the present to set things straight so you can move on faster and get on with the rest of your lives.

Dealing with people like this in general drags everyone down. You are more worried about walking on eggshells and not upsetting him than you are about making music.

And part of being in a band is compromise. Everyone in the band should be able to express his or her opinion. If that person can’t take the criticism, then he or she shouldn’t be in a band.

So as that old saying goes … don’t let the door hit you in the ass on your way out.

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