So my new band has not gigged yet. Here is the problem: Our guitar player flaked out on us around Halloween and we have had no luck finding a replacement. Rick, the founder of the band and our trombone player, made a funny crack on the band email list this afternoon:
I am hitting up my contacts again for guitarists. We all recognize the importance of that. I think we should all recognize this shortage of LDS rock guitarists as we raise our children (I’ve got one in the works) and do our part.
Amen brother Rick. Amen.
I’m doing my part too. My second daughter is taking some guitar lessons along with her piano lessons. The only problem is she’s seven…
Anyway, it’s not like Phoenix is a small town and here in the East Valley we have more than our share Mormons. (Since the other six of us in the band are Mormons we figured a Mormon guitarist would be a nice fit.) So if you know any LDS rock guitar players in the Phoenix area who might be interested have them send me an email right away. (See this post on the basics of this band.) We’re ready to rock so we’ll definitely take anyone who fits — Mormon or not — at this point.
Finding a guitarist is the first purpose of this post, but the second point is to open up the discussion of the influence of LDS culture on these sorts of things. Isn’t it funny how we have harp players coming out the wazoo in this church but finding a decent rock guitarist (or often, drummer) is a minor miracle? It’s such a bummer I think. I guess Mormon moms like to have their kids get good at the instruments you can play in church. I’ll bet Pentecostals never have a shortage of rockin’ guitarists!
Come on people — don’t you know that they rock out in the Celestial kingdom too? What is more heavenly than some hard rockin’ classic like, say, Fire by Hendrix? Please tell me our Mormonism hasn’t turned us all into Pat Boone.