The Lisps on the Associated Press. Whoa.

Collaborating on stage and at home
Is it possible to be in a rock band, live together and come out unscathed? SAMANTHA TUNIS gives it a whirl.
The Lisps. (AP Photo/HO/Courtesy of Samantha Tunis/Chad R. Nicholson)

It might be everyone's secret fantasy to be in a rock 'n' roll band, but try starting one with your live-in boyfriend, and things really start to get complicated.

Mick Fleetwood of Fleetwood Mac, a band that included and subsequently led to the demise of two couples, once said that being in his band was like being in group therapy. The same could be said about The Mamas and The Papas, a band that despite its success broke up three years, several in-band affairs, countless reconciliations and one divorce later. The White Stripes continue to make beautiful music together, but their marriage fell apart.

All of which raises the question: is musical collaboration between a couple a relationship death-sentence?

Here's hoping not. For the last year, I have been in a band with my boyfriend. Our songs generally grow from the jungle of our one-room apartment in the South Bronx, which we share with a senile Dalmatian and a bipolar, tri-colored cat we call "Rumsfeld."

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