I started this blog with the sincere intent to update it on a frequent basis. It was a nice idea, but life often distracts from those best intentions. The good news is, my absence is the result of logging in hundreds of creative hours (so far) in 2015.
I was pondering something today. I believe that if I were to lose my hands under some tragic circumstance, I would find some way to still make music. Hell, I would do it with my tongue and feet if I had to. But the ears are a different thing. Without them, there would be no making music in the way that I’m accustomed. Right now, I have good reason to ponder this.
I’m happy to announce some upcoming performances with two very different bands, each who have been on hiatus for the past few months. To say that I’ve missed playing with these fine musicians is an understatement.
I’d like to take a few minutes to tell you about each of the groups. Both are special in their own way and its always an honor to perform with them. If you happen to be in the southern California area, hopefully you can make plans to catch one (or both!) of these upcoming shows.
For any artist with a desire to grow and expand our abilities, we always try to find new ways to dig a little deeper within ourselves and hopefully inspire our creative spirit to discover new territories. A fresh perspective can open our eyes to the world around us and help us to conceive and nurture our art in an entirely different way. Today, I’d like to talk a little about a book that has changed my whole perception of playing music, written by a wonderful bassist and educator by the name of Victor Wooten.
Back when I was a youngster, one of my most prized possessions was a cheap little four-track cassette recorder made by Fostex. It didn’t have all of the bells and whistles of a Tascam Portastudio, but it took all of five minutes to learn how to use every feature. These were simpler times, when one could plug in an instrument, hit record, and start creating music. There were no parameters to adjust, no software updates, no computer crashes, just a simple, unencumbered workflow.