on "gypsy lullaby" i play all the instruments except for violin and drums (spanish guitar, bass, electric piano & electric guitar).

if you click on the link (next to a song on the myspace player) called "lyrics", it's supposed to come up and give you the words and credits. but it doesn't seem to be working at the moment. ah, joys of myspace ...

how did you get into learning all of them?

mostly i learned new instruments by being deprived of my other instruments.

i learned guitar because while i was travelling around europe in my twenties i generally didn't have a piano to take out my musical frustrations on. but there were always plenty of guitars lying around to fool  with. and once i landed a job as the guitarist in a touring band, i kind of had to get my chops together.

i learned flute because while travelling around africa, the middle east, pakistan, india and the far east i needed a real (chromatic) instrument to play that wouldn't be a hassle to haul around.

i learned sax because while stranded for three years on a desert island (tenerife) i once again found myself without piano or guitar.

bass i learned through the "back-door", having transcribed thousands of tunes (you always transcribe the bass line first, right?), i had a deep understanding of the inner workings of the bass player's art, and quite coincidentally the bottom four strings of the bass are tuned the same as the bottom four strings of a guitar!

harmonica i picked up in high school on a whim and learned mostly off of transcribing sonny terry records that a friend had loaned me for that purpose.

mandolin was also  something that i dabbled with off and on as a whim. and one day a few years ago a violin fell into my possesion. after having played the mandolin for over twenty-five years, i decided that i ought to be able to just pick up the fiddle and master it in a day.

man, was i ever wrong! that's a tough little instrument. after a year's worth of lessons from a classical teacher, it became (almost) second nature.

last year i bought an upright bass, that's a lot of fun too. the bowing is giving me fits, but i'll get it one of these days. at the moment, it's just a big toy.


while writing this post, i've been listening to your songs on your myspace page. pretty noisy (at first i thought that you were going to do some kind of "industrial-techno" stuff).

i'm basically enjoying the tunes, but on a couple of them i find myself wishing that the beginnings and endings had more definition to them.

stylistically, i prefer something with gut level groove - but there's all kinds of jazz for all kinds of tastes ...

all the best,

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