Lowdown: November 2012

SHEESH. I TAKE THIS EDITORIAL GIG JUST LIKE ANY PLAYING GIG THAT COMES MY WAY— very seriously. Bass Player was there for me when I was a beginning bass player some 20+ years ago, and I owe it to the community at large to do my best to ensure the magazine is of the high quality that we all deserve.
By Brian Fox ,

BRIAN FOX SHEESH. I TAKE THIS EDITORIAL GIG JUST LIKE ANY PLAYING GIG THAT COMES MY WAY— very seriously. Bass Player was there for me when I was a beginning bass player some 20+ years ago, and I owe it to the community at large to do my best to ensure the magazine is of the high quality that we all deserve. So it’s a major bummer when a single letter—an “o,” as it turns out—threatens to undermine everything I do here.

Let me rewind, since the error, a typo on last month’s cover featuring the mighty Bryan Beller, certainly slipped by some of you: we misspelled the name of Bryan’s band the Aristocrats by using the rather inventive, vowel-saving, “alternative” spelling, Aristcrats. I must have proofed that blasted cover ten times or more, through various iterations of all the other cover lines that appear on the page. But this one got by me.

With all that’s going on in the world these days, a simple typo really isn’t as catastrophic as perhaps I’m making it out to be. But it is a big deal. After all, it threatens to convey the message that we don’t really care about details around here. Nothing could be further from the truth, but the damage is done. All I can say is that I feel sufficiently horrified by the error, and I take full responsibility for it. My apologies to Bryan, to his bandmates in the Aristocrats, and to all of you. I’d make the promise that there will never again be an error in the pages of Bass Player, but that would be folly. I am, after all, human, and all I can do is to move on and try harder.

As if the typo weren’t bad enough, we also failed to give credit to Jessi Ramone, a photographer.com friend of Bryan’s who was kind enough to provide a number of photos we used in the story (on pages 28, 29, 38, and 42.) Further apologies to Jesse, whose work you see below.

Here’s hoping I never have to write such a bummer of an editor’s letter again—there’s just too much good stuff I’d rather be writing about. Still, I want to make it clear that I understand y’all deserve better, and I’m pledging to double my efforts to bring you the best bass magazine every month. Thanks.