Musicians have a totally unique set of excuses and fibs at their disposal. Are you guilty of any of these tried-and-true musician lies?
1. "My amp doesn't get any quieter!"
Yeah, so maybe your weird hand-wired boutique tube amp sounds better on 10 than it does on eight. Boo hoo.
2. "I'm on the way" or "I'm almost there"
Aka, I completely forgot and am just now getting ready.
3. "I can't come, I've got a rehearsal"
When you have constant gigs and rehearsals, it's easy to use this excuse to get out of the lame family gathering that you were invited to.
4. "Oh, that band. I love them!"
You've definitely never heard whatever it is your buddy is talking about, but you definitely don't want to look like a dork in front of everybody.
5. "I'm just getting over a [random common illness], so I might not be on my A-game tonight"
Typically translates to: I haven't learned the material very well so I'm going to be leaning on the rest of the band the entire rehearsal.
6. "You guys sounded great!"
Everybody's played a show with that one band that is full of incredibly kind people who just can't play their instruments. Sometimes, you just gotta try to not hurt people's feelings...
7. "I think I can be there! I'll let you know"
You know you aren't going to that concert. Just say no.
And finally, the old favorite...
8. "Let's jam sometime!"
Yeah... you're probably never going to see each other again.
Dylan Welsh is a freelance musician and music journalist, based in Seattle, WA. He currently plays in multiple Seattle bands, interns at Mirror Sound Studio, and writes for the Sonicbids blog. Visit his website for more information.