Good afternoon all, I write this listening to the pre mastered version of poly paulusma’s new record of which me and a great drummer Rastko are all over it, was such a great record to make, was given so much freedom, playing chords on the double bass (and thanks to Neil –on-guitar) my bass sounds massive, a big purring bear of a double bass sound.
So what’s been happening, well after to long a break (for me) The Jake Morley band (plus Fraser) got together to play, we spent the day shooting a few live in the studio tracks and then for are first gig back together was none other than at the world famous Jazz Café, ironically named as far as I can tell (it’s not had Jazz on for quite some time), although I’ve seen some great Hip Hop there and to be honest do Genres really matter?
It was a truly special gig, felt like the album launch all over again, got to play some new tunes to, which are awesome, def looking forward to the 2nd record. We also Played a BBC Showcase, which was actually very cool, we played the BBC Canteen, thought it was going to be quite a hard and tough audience, but it was great, the crowd were very receptive and appreciative, fingers crossed for good things to come.
Funny, the start to this year has been very slow Music wise, last year I played nearly every day and sometimes 2 or three times a night with different artists at different venues, the problem being I did a lot of work for free to get myself out there, be seen /heard etc… and with the help of many others built up other artists profiles, got them gigging organized etc… but this year I decided on a change, no more free stuff and that I would get my business head on, my hard work last year has def paid off but still it is slow, so my question/dilemma is what on earth do I do with all this spare time. Well after watching far to many Poirot’s (yes I love a good detective) I pulled my socks up, my practice has waned since giving up my lessons summer last year and being so busy had made it almost impossible to maintain a good schedule, so with the idea of turning negatives into positives I went out to find a teacher and with the help of a great musician devise a practice schedule that works for me, stretches me and stops me watching Poirot. So now I have it, it’s 4 hours a day, an hour at a time with 10 min breaks in between, focusing on piece playing, tone, left hand, bowing, scales, studies and new material, it’s great and I can feel it really works for me, I had a session on sat (with lyle Zimmerman) a week into my new schedule and I was flying, it takes commitment and sometimes I’d rather be in bed than doing it but those thoughts help no one so here’s to sore fingers and new musical horizons.
A lot of what got me out of my rut was a book by Geoff Thompson “The elephant and the twig” Basically it’s 14 rules for success and happiness, frankly when I started reading it I’d have settled for happiness, it’s well worth a read and has, as you’d expect many great tips and ideas but the jist is, if you have a dream follow it, no matter how hard, in fact it should be hard it should be earned, “through hardship to the stars” and for me something just clicked and I realized that I wasn’t trying as hard as I should, making contacts, following up work, even practicing and this is why I wasn’t happy, I wasn’t doing what I love well, and the well part is important, in order to perfect something you must practice perfectly so yep I’m following my heart to be the best person and double bassist I can be.
Thanks for reading X