Crow wrote:The best I can do is try to stay fully in the moment with anything I play.
This thread was on my mind this morning, as my church band stumbled through "With A Little Help from my Friends" (Unitarians!). At one point the drummer completely lost the "one," & there were moments of mystery... but we all just stayed in the moment & picked up the "one" when it made itself clear. We made people happy, so it was a good gig in spite of rotten playing.
Anyway... playing McCartney-esque bass lines carries some responsibilities. I had my Macca toolbox out, but you can't duplicate the freshness & freedom that lives in those recorded lines. So I tried to be fresh & free, while keeping close enough to the part that people wouldn't be confused. That probably sounds stupid. I probably missed more notes than I hit. But PEOPLE DON'T KNOW that you're f#cking up, and when you're staying in the moment you yourself don't care that you're f#cking up. We all had a wonderful time.
Was there emotion in Paul's original bass lines? Maybe, if "stoned" is an emotion. Mostly, I think, we were acting out parts, the way actors do. And it worked great.
"You can't write a chord ugly enough to say what you want to say sometimes, so you have to rely on a giraffe filled with whipped cream." - Frank Zappa