November 25, 2008
My oldest son is becoming very accomplished on the bass guitar. Maybe this is a rite of passage for me, but is seems that a lot of the current music teenagers are listening to is really depressing. It seem like Grunge Part II. I guess I am just getting old. We have been playing some of the Beatles Anthology discs to get a sense of how they put the songs together. Perhaps that proves I am getting old.
But there is real learning value in these Anthology releases for young musicians. There are numerous selections where some of the famous songs are played from their raw inception to the eventual master. It is remarkable how simple melodies strummed on a rhythm guitar or a few key strokes on a piano developed into incredible lasting music. What really comes out of those recordings is the joy, energy, great humor that went into those sessions. There is one track, “And Your Bird Can Sing” where the bass work is outstanding. But the real joy is listening to them mess up and then break down into uncontrollable laughter. That’s what I wanted my son to hear. I think he gets it. –BTB