Well hello there
It’s a been a while and there has been a lot of change, upheaval and lesssons leaned by yours truly. I won’t go into details but demons are being faced, kicked in the bollocks and sent on their merry way.
So erm yeah I’m back for the time being. Seems I got my sums wrong with my leaving date and it’s actually something like 120 days left. Being a tight arse and hating seeing things go to waste I’ll hang around if that’s okay
You may have noticed I pullled the drum clip of me playing. I reviewed it and picked up on several mistakes. I’ll re record and re post. I might even include a tour of my studio and a whizz around the kits I play and all the bits involved. I might even do a Q+A session for shits and giggles
So here’s something that happened to me recently.
I got talking to a bass player (yeah they can do that you know lead singers and guitarists!) and I was asked who I thought was the best player of all time.
He says “Mcartney all the way. He changed the way bass was played in modern music and was a pioneer as far as making the bass a lead instrument. Not to Mention lead vocals on top.”
I thought about it and I recalled the bass line from Lou Reeds “Walk on he wild side” a tune that’s been referenced to describe 3dx a few times and for me is timeless work of art.
The guy in question is a chap by the name of Herbie Flowers. He was one of the unsung heroes of the U.K. session musicians bass playing world. When he recorded the track he played a double bass initially and it just wasn’t right so he took an electric bass, went 10 notes higher with an overlay and the rest is history. To come up with that bass line, perfect it so quickly and have it described by Lou Reed as “beautiful” ? Herbie was a true genius.
Want to know how much he got paid for it in total, bearing in mind he composed and performed it and then, have it sampled in songs like A tribe called quest’s “can I kick it” ?
In today’s money it’s about 200 GBP. That’s all he got. .
And I used to complain when I got paid with Beer.... lol
I’m also gonna shout out for Tina Weymouth from Talking heads and the undisputed underdog of the bass world, the guy that came up with bass line in “Blue Monday” Peter Hook.
I had a thing for Tina. I saw her with TH on a show called the old grey whistle test and they played “psycho killer” that bass hook is just magnificent. A true genius like her will just lock into song but make sure the passion of her playing can be heard.
maybe it’s a kink or a fetish but female bass players...... hubba hubba!
Now hookey is an overlooked genius and I don’t care what anyone says. The melodic sound of his playing, almost replacing lead guitar! Genius! Just listen to Joy Divisions “Love will tear us apart” and of course New Orders “Blue Monday”
Hookey will confess and will tell you that the bass line from Blue Monday is nicked or “borrowed”.from an Ennio Morricone sound track to a Clint Eastwood western film .
But what a bass line! A bass hook to a track that defined EDM to this day.
Okay It’s late I’m wiped out but I’m happy. What was going to be a weekend of me just chilling out and socialising in game in the evenings recovering from illness (I work an on call shift pattern so I can’t go anywhere for the duration) has turned out to be spectacular.
If you’re reading this, yes, I’m talking about you and how you totally rock my world. 😘
Tootles for now.