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How I became Nicest Bassist. Part 2.

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Getting ready for my first gig with Emm seemed easy enough.  Four tunes to learn.   A rehearsal or two to run through the tunes.   How hard could it be?   I remember back in my days playing in bands in high school where you’d think nothing of learning 30+ tunes for a show.   I never wrote anything down back then.   No charts, no road maps for where the tune goes.   I just did it and went to a show and probably never even thought about whether I’d remember the tunes or not.   Perhaps a 15+ year break from music has something to do with it but as I mentioned in Part 1, I had become comfortable with using charts and Fakebooks with a music stand on many gigs. Read More

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What a year! How I Became Nicest Bassist Part 1.

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Here we are at the end of 2010. This really was one of my best years in this short musical life I restarted in 2004. If you had told me back in 2004 that I would find myself playing bass for one of Canada’s most prolific songwriters I’d have looked at you with more than a little skepticism. But in the end that’s what happened.

Sadly it was the earthquake in Haiti where the journey begins. The Aoelian Hall, one of my favourite places to play in London, held a benefit to raise money. I played bass for Jennifer Thorpe that night as well as Light of East Ensemble. One of the first performers to play was a very pregnant Emm Gryner. I knew the name of course as well as a few tunes but had no idea that there were 10 plus albums and counting and several Juno nominations. I don’t remember what tunes she played that night but I was struck by how good she was. We chatted about our Volkswagens back stage and then she was off. Possibly to give birth. Read More

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