Monday, March 1, 2010

A Sad Day In Music

There are tears in my eyes as I write this blog. I have to pay homage to this man, one of my FAVORITE bass players of all time (Geddy Lee, Chuck Rainey, Chris Squire, and Andrew Gibson being the other 4). He was the bass player on many, many songs, by many artists, but his fingers drove the funk in the Hall & Oates sound. I did get the pleasure of seeing him play live, for their 1983 tour and their 1988 Ooh Yeah tour. I also have a DVD recording of them from last year at some resort. His bass playing stands out most to me on "Say It Isn't So". Everyone knows his driving rhythms on "Maneater". Another favorite bass line for me is "Method Of Modern Love". He worked it out. His bass lines made you want to dance. He was a funky ass bass player. He was always my bass player in my dream band, moving in his cool way, providing that bottom that I could assuredly rely on. He's one person I wish I had the chance to meet. His music will always live on for me.

My prayers go out to his family, and to Daryl and John. He definitely will be missed, but for me, not forgotten.

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