We all want to change the world. But it just band; it’s nothing important. - (John Lennon)
Bands, like any collaborative entity, have a way of taking on a collective personality, one that is chiseled out of a great amoeboid blob of potential by the hammering away of the various individual personas involved. Over the last seven years, we - and you - have watched that personality take shape, both on-stage and online, and by great extent, voiced by the spiritual founder of the band, the brilliant JR McNeely. As the story arc of the band has gone from leaning heavily on those original guys to a more more balanced relationship, two things happened. First, each one of the guys has taken up a greater weight of responsibility for the success of the group, essentially becoming more individually important to the band’s continuation. Second, strangely enough, the increased stability of the band, due to this more equal division of responsibility, seems to have made each of us more . . . well, replaceable. That’s the wrong word, really, because no one of us can be seamlessly replaced, but the principle is blurrily evident. That is to say, as it has become clear that people will indeed come out to see and hear Beatles’ music played live, the importance of who is actually on stage playing those songs becomes a bit less relevant. That’s bad news for each of us who want to hold on to a fun regular gig, but good news for the audience, and for the individual members, in terms of how we should respond when one of those members decides his tenure is up.
It will be odd moving forward without our friend JR and we will miss him, but based on what YOU our audience have indicated about how important this music is to you, that’s what we’ve decided to do. There’s a lot we still want to do; more songs and albums to learn, and shows we want to play. The personality of the band will now have a new hammer chiseling away at its image, and we hope you’ll stick with us to see from this new block of potential how the next incarnation SixtyFour will take shape. For you know, it’s gonna be alright.