I’ve never mentioned this before, but I have a dirty little secret: my favorite instrument is the bass guitar. I think that the bass player is often overlooked and many people don’t truly understand the crucial role a bass player has. Though the bass player job is not glamorous by any means, they are the anchor that holds down both the rhythm section and drives the melody of the song. I am happy and proud to say the bass on the album has been completed and I am beyond thrilled with the results (not to mention grateful, stunned, happy, excited, inspired, euphoric, and thankful).
Studio experience for recording bass was far too easy! It makes a huge difference when your bass player comes in and knows exactly what they want to play but is also willing to make a few changes here and there. You say, “play something funky reggae with some bluesy pop country.” Bass player says, “You got it.” These requests go into their very sophisticated machinehead, and out pops a groovy bass line that fits just right. I sit in awe and wipe the drool from the corner of my mouth because it is nearly impossible that exactly what was in my head, is now tracked and ready to go. Like I said, far too easy.
I decided to outline some of my very tip top favorite bass lines of all time… I am not sure how to narrow it down. Since I love all bass players and find them all extremely awesome, this has been difficult. Maybe top 5? Oh, so hard.
5. My Generation, The Who (John Entwistle): I was never really a die hard Who fan, but always appreciated the musicianship of the members. Entwistle and Townshend were ridiculous[ly awesome].
4. Aeroplane, RHCP (Flea): Oh, my main man Flea. Goodness how you and this song make me smile.
3. Money, Pink Floyd (Roger Waters): My dad used to listen to this song and I really only used to appreciate the cash register sounds. That has changed a little bit.
2. YYZ, Rush (Geddy Lee): You have to give credit where credit is due. Wicked.
1. Hysteria, Muse (Chris Wolstenholme): Synth-bass at its finest. I love the bass and the band.
Now, there are so many more that are not named… Got to give love to Paul McCartney (how do you choose just one really), John Paul Jones, and Justin Chancellor. These are just a few of may faves and I would love to hear what some of yours are! Feel free to share this blog and let’s have a battle for the best player of all time!
Back to the Alyce Hart album… I am so pleased to be done with yet another step in this process.
And to Matty Jay, my bass player (and the one doing all the amazing things listed above), you rock.