Bill Amatneek (billamatneek) Thu 30 Oct 03 13:45
>I think bassists tend to be supportive people - after all, it's our primary musical role. Yes, I agree with you Kurt. Bassists seem to be fairly uncompetitive with each other, and supportive. >He asked us how long we had been playing together, and I looked at my watch and said "45 minutes. Yeah, it's always fun when a listener says, "You guys sound great! How long have you been playing together?" and the answer is measured in minutes.
Bill Amatneek (billamatneek) Thu 30 Oct 03 13:47
<243> That sounds like Tony Marcus, I think. Very kind and generous of him to have done that. Yes, musicians are supportive people. It's a wonderful fraternity to belong to.
Bill Amatneek (billamatneek) Thu 30 Oct 03 13:55
<249> We encountered a Gypsy group at one of the festivals we played in Europe with the Keith Unit. They were staying in a room down the hall from us. We thought we were the pickin'est. These guys were ALWAYS pickin'. Leave for dinner, they were pickin'. Come back, they were pickin'. Go to bed at 2AM, they were pickin. Wake up at 8, they were pickin'. After a while it became hard to believe. Maybe they had stunt doubles or something. These guys were constantly pickin'. Apparently non-stop, without exaggeration.
Bill Amatneek (billamatneek) Thu 30 Oct 03 13:56
<250> I think you're right about that.
Bill Amatneek (billamatneek) Thu 30 Oct 03 14:00
<246> <247> Country folks are certainly down home. Being standoffish, distant, is not a country trait, not a country music trait certainly.
Tim Fox (timfox) Thu 30 Oct 03 14:12
I can testify to the generosity of at least one bassist. When my friend Bobby Todd got his ripped off, our own Mr. Ribak immediately offered him the loan of one of his.
Tim Fox (timfox) Thu 30 Oct 03 14:15
re 253 Doesn't surprise me in the slightest. I've only recently become aware of the scene in Europe nowadays. Some of these guys are just flat-out amazing. Nth degree virtuousity. Here's a little listening list for anyone interested: Fapy Lafertin Quintet - Fine and Dandy Tchavolo Schmitt - Alors?...Voilà! Biréli Lagrène - Gypsy Project Romane/Stochelo Rosenberg - Elégance The Rosenberg Trio - Caravan Angelo Debarre - Caprice
Bill Amatneek (billamatneek) Thu 30 Oct 03 14:53
<256> Well, Kurt, our hats are off to you. Add to this the fact that bassists don't often loan their upright basses. They are usually one of a kind. There are (relatively) many 1935 Martin D-28s. But string basses are unique. I've never seen or felt a bass that feels like my bass. Sometimes when someone asks me to loan my bass, I wish I had an ol' Kay bass sitting around so I could loan it out with impunity. Good for you, Kurt.
I yam what I yam (nboy) Thu 30 Oct 03 15:36
I spent two weeks playing with Romane and Jim Nichols - Man what a treat and what a learning experience.
Bill Amatneek (billamatneek) Thu 30 Oct 03 15:52
<259> This was in France or ... ?
Tim Fox (timfox) Thu 30 Oct 03 15:55
Romane rocks. It was Elegance, the album he did with Stochelo Rosenberg that I played for Kurt when he so kindly fell my abode to drop off Bill's book.
I yam what I yam (nboy) Thu 30 Oct 03 18:58
<260> : It was here in the Bay Area. Jim and Romane played the Chet Atkins festival and then Roamne came out here with his wife on vacation. We played Enrico's twice, Rose Pistola twice and a wedding at the Novato Airport. Jim and Romane also got together with Mike Marshall on that trip.
surly guy in a tux (kurtr) Fri 31 Oct 03 09:33
I think one of my favorite anecdotes in the book is with the psychologists analyzing the Bill Monroe song, ascribing all sorts of sexual implications to the song about a a little girl crying out to her father while dying from a snakebite. All sorts of sexual theories were raised, and when the shrinks finally turn to Mr. Monroe to see what he had to say about thesong he explains a neighbor's girl was bit and died of snakebite, and it seemed worthy of a song. I guess the guys forgot Dr. Freud's comment that "sometimes a cigar is a cigar."
Bill Amatneek (billamatneek) Fri 31 Oct 03 13:49
Yes, a famous Freud comment. As this is the last official day of this inkwell, I'd like to thank Kurt very much for moderating this event, and David Gans for inviting me here in the first place. It has been a fun experience for me. My appreciation as well to all the folks who read the book, jumped in with comments and questions, and just stopped by to say hello. I plan to be hanging out at the WELL for a spell, and hope I bump into you all here, on other forums, or maybe even in person some day. If you're in the Bay Area, please come by the Freight and Salvage on Sunday, November 11. I'll be telling my Acoustic Stories, and the amazing Charlie Chin will be telling traditional Chinese stories in the teahouse style. It will be a provocative and entertaining evening of adult storytelling, I believe. Best wishes to all, Bill Amatneek
Yeah, but I'm a cute geek. (tinymonster) Fri 31 Oct 03 13:53
Thanks for coming and chatting, Bill! This was a fun interview. Glad you'll be hanging out for a while. Hope you have fun!
Tim Fox (timfox) Fri 31 Oct 03 14:21
Best wishes for all your projects, Bill.
surly guy in a tux (kurtr) Fri 31 Oct 03 14:58
Bill, there is no Sunday November 11 this year. The Freight's Calendar lists you as playing Sunday, November 9. http://www.thefreight.org/2003/november/novcalendar.html Break a leg!
David Gans (tnf) Fri 31 Oct 03 16:06
There is NO REASON for this conversation to stop! We start a new interview every other Friday, generally, but the existing ones are open as long as the participants choose to remain. I've enjoyed this topic a lot, and will continue to do so. I'm glad you're here, Biopl, and thanks for a fascinating book!
Bill Amatneek (billamatneek) Fri 31 Oct 03 16:09
<267> Thanks Tim & Tinymonster And thanks for catching my typo, Kurt. Make that Sunday, November 9. I'm looking forward to a large broken leg.
Bill Amatneek (billamatneek) Fri 31 Oct 03 16:11
<268> Yes, I understand this conversation will stay open, and I'll certainly check back in on it every day to answer any more questions that may come up. Thanks again, David, for your kind words, for having me here, and for introducing me to the WELL.
I'm on the Chet Atkins Diet. Pass the BBQ, please. (rik) Fri 31 Oct 03 16:18
Bill, you fit here very well. Have you checked out any of the other conferences? A lot of interesting talk goes on here.
Tim Fox (timfox) Fri 31 Oct 03 16:20
Rik, let him into band, if you haven't already.
I'm on the Chet Atkins Diet. Pass the BBQ, please. (rik) Fri 31 Oct 03 16:34
Done. Bill, for a good time, g band.
David Gans (tnf) Fri 31 Oct 03 17:04
(For those who aren't familiar. <band.> is a private-but-not-secret conference for workingk, semi-pro and amatteur musicians. Email <rik> or <magdalen> for admission.)
Bill Amatneek (billamatneek) Fri 31 Oct 03 18:08
<271> <272> <273> <274> Thanks guys. I have been cruising a few conferences and having a great time. Thanks for admission into band. I will check it out.
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