I Dabbled In Voodoo - it's not what it sounds like. (Don Ward)

By: Don Ward
By: Don Ward

A spontaneous stint on stage, and it was a blast from the past on bass.

I DABBLED IN VOODOO - BACK TO BASS-ICS

"We don't need no education."    D  CD  D  DAC

That's the first line, then the bass line from "Another Brick in the Wall Part Two"  by Pink Floyd.  I learned to play the bass part for the song when it first came out, 30 years ago.   I probably hadn't played it in a quarter of a century!...until last night.

Voodoo (in this case) is a rock band.  The lead guitarist and lead singer of Voodoo is a guy named Brian Shute.  He was a year behind me at Doherty High School ('84 to my '83) here in Colorado Springs.  I've kept in touch with Brian off and on over the years since the Doherty days..we're in touch now and I like to check out his band when I can.  Chris Palmer plays guitar, Brett Stills is the drummer, Ellis Williams runs the lights and plays keyboards on several songs and Kevin Mock is the bass player.  There are a lot of Doherty connections in there!

Kevin was stuck out of state on business (these guys are good, but they all have day jobs) so guitar player Chris was filling in on bass...and doing very well.  When I walked in to the Back East Bar and Grill last night to watch the show, they asked me if I wanted to play bass.  I wanted to, I just didn't think I could.  I have 4 or 5 guitars and two bass guitars at home, but I have to confess that it's the guitars that get my attention, never the basses.  I haven't really played much bass since the last time I was in a rock band, "The Boogs" in college (1986 maybe).   Still, I knew I had to give it a try.                

                                                                      

The only song on their set list that I thought I knew how to play was the Pink Floyd classic...so that would be it!  It's a good, but very simple bass part.   The time came, no rehearsal, no preparation, just a vague memory of how I used to play the song, and a hope that it would all come back to me.  I strapped on the instrument..( a 5-string bass-I've only ever played the traditional 4-string before - so I decided to ignore the 5th string, which is apparently tuned to a very low B)  The song went pretty well, I remembered most of the part..although for the "Hey Teacher, leave those kids alone" part, I couldn't remember where it went ...Brian yelled out "G!"  and I found my spot.  I particularly enjoyed playing my part while Brian played that classic David Gilmour solo that ends the song.  See picture below.

 

Brian may be one of the best musicians I know.  Back in high school I played bass in the jazz band..and Brian played trumpet!  He was really good at that too.  I don't know how he managed to become the guitar player and singer he is today, but you really should check these guys out when you get a chance.  They'll be at the Ritz in Colorado Springs next weekend. 

So thanks Voodoo for a few minutes of fun from my past!  As for my stint on stage...it made me more nervous than my day (night) job on TV!  The guys said I could do it again some time, and this time I'll put in some practice, and some prep time.  maybe I'll even take a few lessons....lessons?

"We don't need no education." 

We'll talk again soon.

Don

 

 

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