mercy of the sound guy

See, it doesn’t just happen to weekend warriors like me. Here’s great sound –

… and here’s terrible sound.

The band is good. The song is good. (“That’s gold, Jerry!”) But I feel like you can even tell in the Grammy video that they know the sound sucks, and they just have to get through this and keep on a decent game face. And boy, do I ever know that feeling. The difference with someone like me is (1) I add lots of unforced mistakes to the whole situation that professionals do not, and (2) I end up with bad mixes more than Alkaline Trio, because Alkaline Trio has enough fans to warrant a good sound guy, whereas my band has enough fans to warrant – maybe – a Facebook page.