Feeling a bit melancholy today as tomorrow will likely be our last performance with one of our lead singers, Amy. Her leaving the band wasn't a big surprise as it became clear when she took on a new job last summer that the demands of all her activities on her time were a struggle and that something would have to give. A couple of weeks ago she called me and let me know that if next summer was going to be anywhere near as busy as the last, that she wouldn't be able to continue. And that while she could probably do one or two gigs a month, she didn't want to try and limit the band to that.
So being that we're coming into a period where we have no gigs on the books for a few weeks, this is the best time to make the change. We're all sad to see her go because, in addition to being a strong vocalist, she had become our liaison with brides for the wedding gigs and taken over most of the frontperson duties on stage. She won't be easy to replace.
The good news is we've already had some good responses from our Craigslist ad look for replacements. A few young (20-something) girls currently singing in bar bands who want to move out of the bar scene are anxious to audition. So I don't think we'll any problems finding another good singer--it will just be a matter of making sure it's a good fit personality-wise.
Change is good and while I'm sad to see Amy go, I'm excited about the prospects of where having a new member will take us.
Onward and upward, as I always say!