One of the downsides of being a solo bassist is that sometimes, after a show, a guitarist will come up to me and tell me about how we really should play together. This wouldn't be so bad, except that what they almost always mean is that they would love to play OVER me.
No offense guitarists, but as a class, you are not the best listeners in the world, and your idea of a good bassist is very similar to what the average American man thought constituted a good wife in the 50s. So when this happens, I'm usually not very interested, and I try to politely decline. That said, sometimes this defensive inclination has its limits. When I met Arno, he very eagerly talked to me about his music, and how similar our styles were, and how we should play together. I thanked him for the offer, but told him I didn't have the time. Fortunately, Arno persisted, and after a few invitations, I did accept and play with him and his bandmate, Thomas. And I'm so glad I did. Playing with Arno was totally unlike playing with most guitarists. I was pleased to discover how highly he values listening and true improvisation, by which I mean improvisation of musical forms, rather than pre-established rhythms over which one member "shreds". Arno surprised me with his musical ideas, but also with his ability to co-create alongside partners. We all hold it down, we all soar. We all listen and adjust ourselves to the others. Arno's humble and patient approach soon led me to want to join him and Thomas in the band now known as Rhonya. Or first album, Motylanoga!, came out in 2011, and our second one is due out later in 2012. Thank you Arno for teaching me there my prejudices can (sometimes) be mistaken.
from For Only You and Everyone (1st season),
track released July 29, 2012
1. Hebvark - Fond Of Tigers, "Release The Saviours" (2007)
2. Apple - Dilute, "Grape Blueprints Pour Spinach Olive Grape"
3. bee slayer - move, "Simple Machines" (OMO 2011)
4. Steerage and the Lamp - Balmorhea, "Constellations" (2010)
5. sand dunes - Tape, "Rideau" (2005)
6. Abris - Ensemble 4'33", "Happiness, Fame And Fortune" (2002)
7. Sway - Victor Villareal, "Invisible Cinema" (2011)
8. Beware Your Aim - The Horns of Happiness, "Be Where Your Aim Is Brave & Sound" (2011)
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