The Monthly Lowdown with Bass Books Kevin Smith – October 2015…
JACO PASTORIUS: THE UPCOMING FILM
In the works is a cinematic tribute to the life and music of Jaco Pastorius. Metallica’s Robert Trujillo is driving the project.
As stated on the film project’s webpage, “There are few musicians who fundamentally change their instrument, and even fewer still who transcend their instrument altogether. Jaco Pastorius did both.”
This American creative treasure left us way too soon, and it’s exciting that some heavyweights have gotten behind a film in his honor.
Check out this page on JacoPastorius.com for information, including a trailer with Trujillo explaining the aim of the project.
Bass Books to play (sort of) like Jaco:
“It’s the bass that makes them dance.”
–Darcy Wright, Legendary Australian Jazz Bassist
STING: TALKING (AND SINGING) ABOUT WHEN THE SONGS STOP COMING
Sting gave a brilliant presentation at TED (Technology, Entertainment, Design) last year. Even if you saw it then, and certainly if you didn’t, you really should look at it now.
Titled “How I Started Writing Songs Again,” the talk (which in his case is also a “sing”) deals with the scary and lonely experience of having your muse desert you.
With touching background on his upbringing in a ship-building town, Sting shares how a change of focus from “me” to “you” and “us” unleashed a torrent of creativity after a years-long song-writing drought.
Catch the presentation here on the TED YouTube channel.
Bass Books to play Sting music:
SPOTLIGHT: READ IT [NO MORE EXCUSES]
Rod Goelz makes it clear what he’s after here: “The idea is simple: give ’em a book that makes it fun to learn how to read music, and they will learn how to read music.”
From the basics to the complex, there is something for players of every skill level in this book, including insightful hints, practice ideas and revealing quotes from accomplished musicians.
Rod has a wealth of knowledge and experience, and this book passes that on in a friendly, easy-to-digest fashion.
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