Music is food for the soul and therapy for whatever ails you, and lung disease is no exception. Listening to music and learning to play an instrument has been an enjoyable and sanity-saving hobby for me. Learning new tunes is just as important to me now, as taking my morning nebulizer treatments.
Ive always had a fascination with music and sound. As a child I would tinker on the piano trying to figure out how harmonies and chords were constructed. I played trumpet in elementary school and messed around with acoustic upright bass briefly in my teens. I didn’t pick up a bass again, or learn how to actually play it until I was 57 years old. This time the bass guitar.
Playing an instrument like the bass can be quite challenging at times, because the medication I take causes painful muscle cramps in my hands, making it hard for me to bend my fingers. But just like everything else in my life, I find ways to adapt.
I love all kinds of music styles, but being bass oriented I tend to lean more towards jazz, swing and pop, or anything with a good beat to it. Im not very good at slap or fancy acrobatics on the instrument, but I can read a chart and pound out a pretty decent walking line.
Below are a few videos of me playing along to various big band backing tracks, even some Christmas tunes. Many of these were written for, and performed on upright acoustic bass. I do my best to emulate that sound with my electric bass.
Once again, this is just a hobby for me, so I’m totally allowed to screw up. A special thank you to Rick Shaw, Gordon Goodwin, Kris Berg Jeff Jarvis, Victor Lopez, Paul Clark, Alan Baylock, Doug Beach, Alfred, Kendor and Barnhouse publishing, and many many others for their musical talent and educational contributions.
If you suffer from a chronic illness, I encourage you to seek out a hobby for yourself. One that brings you joy and one that sets you free from your health struggles….at least temporarily. There are times when Ill start a song feeling like pure crap, only to get lost in the music and feel pretty good again.
- Untitled Blues jam
- Summer never ends( Bill Liston)
- Switch In Time(Sammy Nestico)
- Bounce(Jeff Jarvis)
- Absolutely Awesome (Lennie Niehaus)
- Is there life after Bee Bop? (Jeff Jarvis)
- The Chicken ( Kris Berg Jazz)
- Blues More(Jeff Jarvis)
- On Green Dolphin Street (Gordon Goodwin,Bronislaw Kaper)
- Bernie’s tune(Bernie Miller, arr Dave Wolpe)
- Cresent City Stomp( Dave Brubeck, arr Kris Berg)
- I’m OK, We’re OK ( Kris Berg)
- Johnny come lately(Billy Strayhorn, arr Eric Morales)
- Point Counterpoint(Elen Rowe)
- The Duke(Dave Brubeck)
- Lulus left town(Mark Taylor)
- School of thought (Kris Berg)
- Bloomin Jazzmen(Lennie Niehaus)
- Groove Fever( Peter Blair)
- Squiggly (Kris Berg)
- I’ll be home for Christmas(Count Basie)
- Deck the Halls(arr Ted Blumenthal Kendor music)
- Oh come all Ye faithful (Gregory Yasinisky)
- Winter wonderland(Felix Bernard)
- Jingle Bells(Count Basie)
- Sleigh Ride (Count Basie)
- High Maintenance(Gordon Goodwin)
- Embraceable you (George Gershwin)
- Chile today,Hot tamale ( Rick Hirsch)
- Why we can’t have nice things(Gordon Goodwin)
- Jitterbug Waltz( Eric Richards,Thomas Waller)
- Big Time ( Gregory Yasiniski)
- Blues to begin with ( Bill Liston)
- Just in Time( Jule Stein, arr by Roy Phillippe)
- The Days of Wine and Roses (Henry Mancini,Johnny Mercer)
- Jeannine (Duke Pearson, arr Mike Dana)
- Check your swing (Doug Beach)
- Hello Bluebird (Ryan Eric Adamsons)
- I know you( Gordon Goodwin)
- Back to the basement(Brett Zvacet)
- All In (Stan Kenton, Lennie Niehaus)
- Amazing Grace (arr Dave Rivello)
- Boppin to P town (Doug Stone)
- Backrow Politics( Gordon Goodwin)
- Alianza (Erik Morales) Latin Swing pez)
- Take the A train ( Alan Blaylock version)