PRACTICE WHAT YOU DON’T KNOW OR CAN’T PLAY.
I should have thought of that before.
And, for a little musician’s humor:
Some who read or use my in-house server may wonder what am I doing in this World? Hell if I know! All I know is that I was born and have been defined by humanity as “African-american.” Like, who isn’t, if born and living on the American content?
It appears that I was actually brought into this existence to be a musician, whether or not that was anyone’s intention except mine. I was 16 years old when I felt that being a musician is my destiny in this incarnation. And, apparently, at almost 70 years of age I have actually arrived.
First appreciation goes to my father who enabled me to experience Lionel Hampton and, also, to every musician, drummer (I’m so amazed and happy that I was able to actually play with Eddie Marshall before he passed) and every bassist that’s made me feel good about being. There’re a bunch including Ray Brown, Ron Carter, Buster Williams, Richard Davis … you know or should or will know the music and names.
Today, John Patitucci through ArtistWorks is the launching pad from which I have been unleashed on the path . I can’t describe why simply being with him, virtually, has launched and freed me to be. Suffice to say, I know I can do it — “be” an excellent bassist and consistently perform at a professional level. That, apparently, is what I have been born to be.
A special thanks also to Steve Swan, who sold me my bass 6 years ago. See my Tributes to Loved for a more complete list, including ISB!
I think I’ll get a new bass, one that I can take wherever I go, as I don’t plan on going anywhere without one ever again in my life, except to the crematorium. I believe Lemur music has one that I think, finally, answers my question:
Let’s have a great day!
Pianist and friend Syd William invited me to see a “must experience” play in Berkeley, CA. COPS AND ROBBERS. The Muse is social! Art is life!!!
The play is an historic work of art that touches the reality and consequences of slavery. It speaks the truth of the time in which we dwell, as citizens and residents of the United States of America. It calls each of us to act and understand the essence of being human beings, in a world in which we exist to see, learn and love.
The power of the Muse drives the tides of social evolution through the turbulent and murky waters of racism. And, the play, itself, and the artists manifest not only the questions, but the answer for revolutionary social change.
I believe Cops and Robbers in nothing less than a historical milestone that will stand as the clarion call that redefines who and what we of African descent truly have been, are and will be in the history of humankind.
I highly recommend you experience it, as soon as you can.