Did you know that Fleetwood Mac started out as a blues band? One of the pivotal figures of British blues is John Mayall – Eric Clapton joined John Mayall’s Blues Breakers after leaving the Yardbirds. When I was in 7th grade, one of my father’s co-workers played guitar, and he found out that I was […]Read more "On Peter Green and Early Fleetwood Mac"
Earlier this year I wrote a post about one of my favorite bassists, Roy Babbington of Soft Machine, and their concert in Berkeley in January 2019. Here’s a photo I took at the show, just taken with my iPhone – I think they might be playing Fourteen Hour Dream: Part of the story was that I had […]Read more "Roy Babbington continued"
I recently remembered how I was first introduced to the music of John Coltrane. It was while I was in high school in Tokyo. I went to an international school (ASIJ) and played in the school jazz band for several years, though I didn’t really listen to jazz. I had a vague awareness of what […]Read more "The Music of John Coltrane – First Contact"
A few people know this about me – I have a very difficult time memorizing lyrics, and I actually don’t listen to lyrics most of the time. I don’t know why – the only time it really becomes a problem is when I want to sing a song with a band. I’ve been thinking about it […]Read more "Lyrics and My Life"
Two of my favorite instrument companies of all time are Rickenbacker and Moog. If you listen to the genre of “progressive rock” then you have heard them a lot. Chris Squire of Yes and Geddy Lee of Rush – two of the gods of both prog rock and bass guitar – both used Rickenbacker basses […]Read more "Mispronouncing Moog"
The Paul Butterfield Blues Band is a legendary group that I remember reading about in Guitar Player magazine – probably while I was in junior high school in Tokyo – but never actually listened to or even heard. I was aware that they had a song called East-West, but didn’t realize how significant it was […]Read more "Paul Butterfield Blues Band appreciation"
One of the people I follow on social media is Bootsy Collins. He began his rise to fame as the bassist for James Brown, later joining George Clinton’s Parliament/Funkadelic consortium. But Bootsy became a star in his own right, with hit singles from Bootsy’s Rubber Band, his Star basses and glasses, numerous collaborations with Bill […]Read more "Easter Reflections of a Buddhist Bassist"