Motto: "life is good, even when it sucks."
Basic philosophy: Respect, Tolerance, Responsibility are good traits for people to have and improve our chances of survival.
This piece was an all-bass instrumental written for a song I wrote called "Evolution." The song theme is about our suffering humanity (yes, that's you, me, and everyone else) with an "in-your-face set of lyrics about our B.S., high-and-mighty, elitist, Homopathetic, anthropocentric "Humanitude"
So, I'm just a wannabe musician, and all of this is just fwiw.
I wrote a heart-felt tribute in memory of a great kid, a great mom and a great family. Please donate to the Steven Licon Educational Fund
for kids with special needs. This fund is in memorium to Steven Licon: 1988-2004. He had a heart of solid gold. Thanks - pat
I am the bass player for a little local band doing covers and originals called THE3RD
We gig now and then in the San Diego or Orange County area, and we play fast music grunge/pop punk - mainly Green Day; we do a good job - it's fun, and we do lots of audience participation stuff to keep things interesting and light.
My original "music" if I can call it that, is at:
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Some folks have asked for tablature for my 2 MP3s published here on active bass. To the best of my ability, I have tabbed these out:
Whale Dream tab
Carvin LB75 fretless
Fender p-bass (USA)
Fender P-bass (Mexico)
Peavey T-40 (100% passive, old faithful).
Not shown is my new Fender American p-bass - it bassically looks like every other p-bass everyone has seen before, so no pic of that.
Boss GT6B for gigs, Pandora PX3B when I need portability and I'm feeling my age and don't want to hassle with the pedal.
Amps, drums, guitars and yo-yada:
SWR SM 900 with Carvin cabs; 4 10's, 1 horn and 1 18 through a Shure UC14 wireless remote. This wireless is so cool, I think I could go to another state and still come through clean on the amp! For practice and monitoring - Peavey T-100 - still works just fine after 22 years of service without a single problem!
Fender Squire Strat and a Taylor big baby acoustic with Dean Markley Promag Gold. I use a Digitech RP 50 for guitar EFX, and don't tell the guitarists this - but I also run these through my Boss GT6B and it sounds fine to me, especially the wah wah effect on the GT6B. But I'm just a frigging bass player so what do I know?
Shure beta 58 for most everything.
Whatever I can use. Whatever I put down here will be obsolete by the time I put it on the web site. I used a Fostex VF160 does more of what I have recorded, but that got stolen and I just never replaced it. So I use a Fostex MR8 that I can hide and won't get ripped off when I record which is rarely. You can download the WAV files from these to the computer and then use (insert your software preference here) program to render it into mp3 format for uploading.
My history: I took up the bass at 12 when I was done playing the clarinet family woodwinds. Once I started listening to rock and roll, I found that I tended to listen mostly to the bass, and soon just fell in love with the instrument. My dear old dad - himself a would-be country singer/song-writer, at the urgings of my dear mom, and seeing how much I loved music, bought me an old Epiphone and a dinky tube amp. The speaker had a hole in it and rattled when I played it - I got great distortion all the time without a pedal! In my teens I was a member of three bands "The Bloody Smoke," (yeeech, but we were very young), "Tyme," (some members of B.S. with a new drummer and name), and "Bo Grif."
"Bo Grif" was an excellent band with fantastic a lead guitarist (much like Steve Vai) and drummer (much like Danny Carey) - WOW what a rush it was to play with those two. But, unfortunately for me there were influences in that band that drove me away in self preservation, so at that point college kicked in.
And so, life led me in another direction, and I soon dropped the bass and studied for a career in veterinary medicine and currently, I am heavily involved in field work and conservation medicine.
During my vet school days, I played in a band of vet students called LD50 - best time I ever had playing the bass. When vet school was over and it was time for us all to go out and do our vet thing, I put the bass down for 17 years. Just a word of advice to anyone who finds themselves in the same situation - don't ever put it down completely.
In 2000, at a New Year's Eve party, I met two of the old LD50 members who had relocated close to me, and we decided to "get the band back together." We played until August of 2003, and then we just ran out of steam, I guess. So, LD50 is dead. In December of 2004 I joined guitarist Brandon Hernandez, and after some shuffling and arm twisting convinced my friend and former drummer from LD50 to create a rock trio. We started Green Day covers so we could gel as a group. Now we are working on our first compilation of 17 songs all written by Brandon. We are hoping to record soon for the project Brandon has titled "Vicious Cycle." So where are we with that, hard to say - we're all so busy with life.
All in all, I'm glad to be able to still play the bass a little, and very glad to be able to listen to and learn from the REAL bassists who participate in activebass.com, and just appreciate having this opportunity to be exposed to so many excellent musicians.
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