In case youʼre interested Iʼve just made a fresh coffee and am ensconced before my computer, wanting to post something on the website, and wondering what it might be. As you may have noticed, Iʼm not one who cares to bleet or twog like some, several times a day even. Where do they ﬁnd the time? My time is spent, as it happens, just like yours – second by second, hour by hour, etc… and itʼs a precious commodity.
But here we are with a dribble of minutes and Iʼm off the road, enjoying the unseasonably warm weather in Europe, at least the part of Europe I think Iʼm in.
A few weeks ago I was at the London Bass Guitar Show in Olympia – didnʼt know what to expect but it was great. Few and far between are the times that Iʼve talked to an audience – a daunting proposition – but Iʼve learned from experience that just being oneself is the best approach. As Iʼve said before, you rarely know how to articulate what you feel about something until someone asks, so, standing on a stage and just talking is more like a leap (of faith) in the dark. In front of around two hundred pluckers and slappers, I went in at the deep end (no pun intended) and I felt ok once Iʼd started. I rambled on about this and that, played a bit of bass, got a few laughs, and was grateful that many in the crowd asked questions. It was good to meet a few fellow bass players, including Neil Murray, Frank Bello, and the legendary Leland Sklar – a great man.
Talking about rambling on, a few random observations… I recently listened to THOBL and enjoyed hearing Black And White again. I have a soft spot for that song.
My French friend Walther Gallay (Café Bertrand) is releasing an excellent solo CD called Stigmates (Rock Revolution Records). Daughter Gillian and I are guesting on it. If I were you Iʼd check it out.
I had a great time joining Don Airey and his great band on stage the other night in Switzerland. I was surprised when Don suggested Child In Time, and I enjoyed playing it again.
So there it is….. might as well have a drink then.