Music Therapy

Music is therapy for whatever ails you, and lung disease is no exception. Listening to music and learning to play an instrument has been a wonderful hobby and a huge stress reliever for me.

Like many young wannabe rock stars, I fiddled around with the bass guitar during my High School years, but didn’t pick it up again or seriously learn to play the instrument until 40 years later at the age of 57. Now, you couldnt pry the damn thing out of my hands. Currently I try to play at least 2 hours a day, with the bulk of my practice sessions beginning way before the sun comes up. For the complete backstory on my musical aspirations, check out this post.

I love most types of music, but being bass oriented I tend to lean towards Jazz, Big band, various Latin styles, or just about anything with a melodic groove or walking bass line to it.

Below are some videos of me playing tunes from the SmartMusic catalog, as well as covers from various artists and composers. Because I often dont feel very well when Im playing, and because the medications I take cause muscle cramping in my neck and fingers, as well as a host of other fun side effects, I’m allowed to screw up from time to time.

A special thank you to Rick Shaw, Kris Berg Alan Baylock, Alfred publishing and many many others for their talent and educational contributions to the jazz world.

Rick Shaw is the bassist for Johnny Mathis and Gordon Goodman’s Phat Band

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Big Band, Swing, Bee Bop……

Light Jazz, Funk, Fusion

Latin, Cuban, Samabas, Salsas….

Motown…..

Waltzes and Gospel

Jazz vocal…

Classic Pop and Misc..

Blues….

Christmas….