Saturday, May 26, 2012

My Brother Bought A New Bass. I Think He's Saving Up To Buy The Rest Of It

He's sinister, my brother is. That's a U-Bass he's playing.

Live ambient music worth listening to in a pleasant outdoor space. That's rarer than it should be. Not many know how to play instruments and sing well enough to perform in front of others. A lot of music is intentionally exclusionary; it is designed to appeal to a narrow slice of audience, and its appeal is based almost solely on an explicit assault on everyone else. Deliberately annoying. And there's the "go big or go home" aspect to pop music. An enormous production or nothing. The musical equivalent of a food cart should be resurrected. I won't hold my breath.


Thud said...

After 30 you should have to produce a license to dance.

SippicanCottage said...

Over 30 needs a dancing license? Most of those people need two, then.

Cameron Wood said...

Where I work, in a nice-looking So Cal strip mall, the summer season includes a live band every Saturday night, right outside my store's doors. Each week has a different band; quality is therefore variable, in terms of either song selection or musicianship, or both. But it's always fun because the musicians are invariably happy to be doing what they're doing, and the audience responds to that even when they can't necessarily respond favorably to a particular song. I'm all for more live music.

Regarding the bass: I remember (barely) many years ago trying to record a track using a Guild Ashbory bass. I borrowed it from the music store I worked in at the time. It used these ridiculously fat, rubbery strings and I could never get them to stop squealing after a few bars no matter how much I licked my fingers. I should have read the instructions: I was supposed to use baby powder instead. Ah, well. I ended up using a Mexican Fender Fretless on that track and it was fine.

I almost miss those bass-playin' days.