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11 Things You Should Know Before Dating A Musician

I'm gonna write you, like, 12 songs that will blow your mind...but also I'm never around.

1. People will hit on them after shows and you will usually be there watching it happen.
It is important that you do not act like a dick about this and that you are extra-awesome to me after shows. This way, I'll still talk to other people, but mentally I'm like, Thank you for your compliments but my hot boyfriend person is over there with all of the flowers and I love him.

2. You won't always come first in the relationship.
Don't get me wrong. I'm super-loyal and eerily dependable, but if I need to rehearse or record or do a photo session in an abandoned saloon somewhere, that's going to be more important than watching The Wire with you. Also because I still haven't seen The Wire and honestly I'm not sure I ever will. Sorry, Dave. 

3. You might never sleep again.
I might get out of a gig at 3 a.m. and swing by your place, we hang out for a few hours, and then you have to be up at 8 a.m. for work. Good-bye, sweet, sweet sleep. 

4. If they are inspired to write something, whatever you're doing has to stop.
We might be at a party having a great night together, and then I get a song idea and have to lock myself and my instruments (look, sometimes I do bring them with me, you never know) in the bathroom for a while because it's a very good chord progression. 

5. They'd better be your favorite band.
On some level, you have to think that my band is the best band in the world because we are really great, but also because you're with me and you think I'm really great. Are you dating any of the members of Smash Mouth? No? Then they cannot be your favorite band of all time. Also, why is Smash Mouth your favorite band of all the time? What is happening?

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6. Get ready to listen to a bunch of songs about their exes.
All those songs I played you when we first met couldn't have been about you. It's got to be kind of weird to listen to them, but you're here now and they're not. <3

7. They're also going to write songs about you.
Sometimes romantic ones, but also ones about how you did something shitty. I probably won't show you those but if you come to a show, you'll be like, "That sounds new...And angry...And I'm pretty sure that's about me." And it iiiiiiis. 

8. Be prepared to hear a lot of passionate, long-winded speeches about bands you've never heard of.
Seriously, Sean, I have given you Sleater-Kinney/Missy Elliott/Fiona Apple/Erykah Badu mixes so many times now. Get on my level because I'm never going to stop talking about these people.

9. They're going to show you what they're working on and you'd better know what to say when they do.
Even if it's not about you, it's still something I want you, of all people, to love. If you're just going to say, "It sounds cool," you might as well just punch me in the face. 

10. There might be times when they don't want to see you at all because they're having too many ~*FeELiNgS*~.
Musicians have a lot of feelings. Maybe they're mostly sad or mostly anxious or mostly alienated or introspective. Who knows. Either way, you're gonna have to ride that intense emotional wave. Which honestly, is pretty awesome most of the time. 

11. Your social life now = their gigs.
You are like mayor of groupies now. It is a coveted position. Cherish it.

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This article originally appeared on Cosmopolitan.com. Minor edits have been made by the Cosmo.ph editors.