Paul Is Dead

The following reflection was written in 2003, when I was between 25 and 26 years old.

Paul quit Sigma Six at the end of March 1996 and though Ken would miss his soloing and his love for the classics, I think the rest of us were happy to move on when a new guitarist came along. Paul didn’t like to write. He didn’t like a song without a solo. And, I don’t think he liked any of us very much either.

I don’t recall any of the specifics about why Paul quit but it probably had something to do with wanting to be a more “real” musician or something. He wasn’t into what we were into and that was basically it. I think we all did our best to relate to him and work with him but the band could only go so far with him on guitar.

What eventually happened is that this kid Andy was brought on board to replace Paul and the band suddenly had a very different feel. We still never got really good, per se. But, with Andy on board, we started writing songs, playing more shows, getting better instead of staying stagnant or getting worse.

I enjoyed the Paul days of the band but the Andy days, even from the very beginning, seemed like they would be a helluva lot more fun.