From time to time the internet surprises me. About 6 months ago I joined the Berklee Bass Department group on Facebook. I didn’t go to that school but there were interesting posts by students as well as the faculty. In particular Steve Bailey, using the name Berklee BassChair, was posting on a regular basis. Steve runs the program these days and the faculty includes folks like Anthony Vitti, Victor Bailey, John Pattituci and Lincoln Goines. I’m also learning about other faculty members and grads. Even Victor Wooten and Leland Sklar pop in from time to time to post. Continue reading
One of the groups I play bass for is the Irish/Celtic band Rant Maggie Rant. I’ve been playing with them since their Frost and Fire tour leading up to Christmas last year. I got the call again for series of shows around St Patty’s Day this year.
The best show of that weekend was playing at Hugh’s Room in Toronto. It’s the third time the band has played St Patty’s weekend there so it’s becoming a bit of a tradition. I’ve played Hugh’s Room several times now but this is the first time I’ve played there to a sold out crowd who were ready for a party. Continue reading
There was a time in my high school and college days when I was scared of my shadow and doubted my abilities as a musician. After 20 years running a small business the shadow is no longer an issue although I think self doubt is just part of being a musician for many of us. I’m not sure if I’ll ever get over that part of my personality but I am so grateful to be able to do what I do on a regular basis. There really is nothing quite like a live performance. Continue reading