Here we are entering another holiday season… I think the main thought that should push itself to the forefront of our minds is the true concept of giving. Just look around you, all the stores around us have been doing their holiday decorating since October. They have moved “Black Friday” sales to Thursday and in some instances even earlier. We can easily get caught up in the commercial frenzy of the holidays and in some instances, we might even benefit from it, as more opportunities to gig become available… but, is this a good thing?
I think the main focus of the holidays has gotten seriously out of hand. When did it all become so much about “Stuff”? Do we need to be at a store at the crack of dawn so we can stampede in and grab all the bargains that we can carry? Are our loved ones going to feel much more loved if they get the latest gizmo? I like “Stuff” as much as the next guy, but do I really need more of it? How much of it can I really use?
With that thought in mind, I propose that as musicians, we give the gift of music. We are in the unique position to share the wealth of our creative talents. We can teach someone to play and hopefully, they will in turn do the same for someone else someday. We can lighten someones mood with some holiday cheer as only music can do. We at Bass Musician Magazine live this principle all-year-round, as our incredible staff strives to create a reliable resource for you to learn, be inspired, and take your playing to the next level.
If we absolutely need to give “Stuff” we can make it of a musical (especially bass) nature. Music books, gear, accessories and anything that will kindle the passion we all share for our craft. After all, isn’t the best gift one you would want for yourself? Also, if we are going to give “Stuff,” I would encourage us all to patronize our VIP members, as their support allows us to bring you the gift of BMM each month, as a FREE, online magazine!
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In this issue…
This month we bring you an in-depth interview with Colombian born bassist Juan Garcia-Herreros, a.k.a. The Snow Owl. I invite you to meet this talented musician and discover the story behind his creative journey. Make sure you have a look at our review of his latest CD, “Normas.”
This month, we have another solid lineup of articles, industry news, interviews and relevant bass updates… and as time really does fly, we are already gearing up for the 2014 Winter NAMM show, which we will be bringing to you in February (You will see it here before the rest can get it on paper… I love being a virtual mag!)
All that said, all of here at Bass Musician Magazine want to wish you a very happy holiday season and a prosperous, creative upcoming new year!