I came across Want to be in a Band? at work recently as I was going through some new picture books, and I paused. It isn’t often you find a picture book that is one part memoir, one part instruction manual for the music industry. And it’s illustrated by one of my favorite illustrators?! Love.
I wasn’t familiar with Suzzy Roche of the family folk-band The Roches before this book. I’ll add it to the list of trivia I have learned from my work in the book industry. In any case, Ms. Roche reveals the secrets to successful musicianship. Here they are for anyone secretly harboring a desire for family folk band stardom: A lot of practice, a lot of shows, and not letting the critics get you down. Most of all, it’s about love. Love for the music and love for your sisters. That’s the important thing, she says.
Maybe I liked the book because I have a thing for memoirs and picture book memoirs are so rare. Or maybe it’s because I really do want to be in a band despite my ridiculous lack of musicality. Actually, it’s probably because I’ve been listening to a lot of The Ericksons (a local sister band with a folk/rock sound) lately, and I can’t help but wonder if they sing at breakfast. Because that’s what being in a family band is like, right? Perhaps Roche spoiled the fantasy a little bit with her pragmatism, but next to Giselle Potter’s folk art style illustrations, I’ll allow it.
Whatever the reality, sisters can make some lovely music. Here is “Where Do You Dwell?” for you to listen to while you imagine a life in which you practice a lot, play a lot of small shows, ignore the naysayers, and just love music.
Also, you can name your price for The Ericksons music here.