Sunday, June 4, 2006

Where Have I Been? Part I

Friends and frequent commenters may have noticed that I have not been at the blog like I should for days now. I’m sorry! I always feel bad about neglecting the blog, which is something I occasionally do. So where have I been?

Well, some know that I suffer from the incurable sickness of being a musician, although for quite some time I had been in a slump and allowed myself to disengage all the nerve endings and blood vessels which fed this most vital part of me. Economic and environmental necessity had required me to sell off my gear, and I stuffed oily, flammable rags in the hole that was left in my soul as I attended to the various aspects of life other than music. Survival is a crazy thing.

In the interim, my wife had gifted me with a little acoustic guitar to bang around on, to keep me from getting musically comatose, and that kept me from going over the edge. I exercised my other artistic muscles, mainly writing. But a Bassist cannot simply walk away from his true nature. Bass is in the blood, and the Bassist’s veins vibrate one octave lower than their peers.

So for the last several days, my disease has manifested itself in a desire to get another bass in my hands, pronto. And to that end, I have devoted much of my time online (and elsewhere) lately. Soon my fevered mind shall be at ease (although I can’t vouch for the neighbors’), as my fingers play about the strings like a predator pursuing its prey. Like thunder and lightning, clutched with all the tender delicacy of a 20 lb sledgehammer at the fingertips.

I’ll certainly keep you all posted as things develop. Back to the news...


Granny said...

Testing blogger 11:08 PDT. It's been down for comments.

Ken Grandlund said...

Go and get your bass Shea. Music is too important to let get away from you. Just the other day, I dusted off a harmonica for a few blows. Of course, when I did the band thing, I was a singer, not a 'real' musician...

SheaNC said...

Of course singers are musicians! But that reminds me of a favorite joke: What is a five-piece band? Four musicians and a drummer! (sorry...)

windspike said...

Be well Shea - and remember, the music heals - your wife sounds wonderful BTW. I too was out for a few days. It happens

SheaNC said...

She is wonderful... and she is artistic, too!

Mike V. said...

Per Bad Company:

Johnny was a schoolboy
When he heard his first Beatles song
Love Me Do, I think it was
And from then it didn't take him long
Got himself a guitar
Used to play every night
Now he's in a rock 'n' roll outfit
And everything's alright
Don't you know?

Johnny told his Mama,
"Hey, Mama, I'm goin' away
Gonna hit the big time
Gonna be a big star someday"
Mama came to the door
With a teardrop in her eye
Johnny said, "Don't cry, Mama
Smile and wave goodbye"
Don't you know?


Don't you know that you are a shooting star
Don't you know
Don't you know
Don't you know that you are a shooting star
And all the world will love you just as long
As long as you are

I left the last part out. He died..

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