This thought came up after I remembered a “Battle of the Bands” event I played at more than 10 years ago. I had just recently learned how to play the guitar and I thought I was really good because of the delays I was using with some overdrive (wanted to sound like The Edge). I had a Boss ME-50 at the time and an Epiphone Les Paul. I had never played in an event like this, so I was pretty cocky. My buddy who was leading our band told us to keep a positive attitude and not talk any trash even though it was a competition. Well, we didn’t follow his instruction. Due to our trash talking it caused a very negative vibe with all of us. It was so interesting because the band we were talking trash about were full of great guys and we ended up swallowing our own words. The result of the competition was us getting second place, which was disappointing even though we heard the judges talking about really preferring us, rather than the winning band. Regardless of the outcome, I have realized that trash talking causes such a bad vibe and is a difficult thing to resist. We all love competition, but there has to be a line we should never cross. I believe that this is an applicable practice whether you are competing or are in a worship team. With all transperancy, I am still learning to not be a trash talker because I know that I will eventually regret saying what I said. It ultimately does not benefit anyone in your band individually or as a whole.
In addition to this, my second thought carries the implication of not talking trash among your bandmates. It just gets ugly. People get hurt, relationships are put to the test, and parting is inevitable. Although I consider myself a fledgling and am still learning to practice this, I know that playing with musicians who carry a good vibe with them on and off the stage is a great blessing.
Galatians 5:9 “A little yeast works through the whole dough.”
It doesn’t take much trash talking to mess up a perfectly great event.