Lowdown: October 2013 - Dragon Chasing

WHEN I FIRST GOT TO BASS PLAYER BACK IN 2004, I WAS FRESH OFF THE ROAD WITH A touring band that had been my main gig for a number of years.
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 BRIAN FOXWHEN I FIRST GOT TO BASS PLAYER BACK IN 2004, I WAS FRESH OFF THE ROAD WITH A touring band that had been my main gig for a number of years. Eager to keep up my chops—such as they were—I’d spend hours scanning sites like craigslist.org, looking for like-minded folks in need of a bass player. Before I knew it, my evenings and weekends were booked solid. I’d take pretty much anything: classic rock with a bunch of crusty dudes twice my age? Sure. Funk and R&B with players way out of my league? I’d try to hang. Jazz casuals? Well, I suppose I knew my limits. Point is, I was hungry.

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Fast-forward a few years and add family to the mix, and priorities began to change. Long-haul gigs out of state, weeks-long tours, and a cramped rehearsal schedule became a burden, and I needed to cut back. I remember a time when gigging once a week—with whomever—was a pretty light load. Next week, I play my first show in months.

I suppose it’s a natural progression for any pseudo-professional player. I mean, much as I like to think of myself as at least aspiring to be the kind of player you might read about in, say, BASS PLAYER, I have just enough sense of self to know I’m just not that guy anymore. Honestly, I don’t really want to be that guy. Though I confess a younger me had designs on rock & roll subsistence (if not fame and fortune), I’m happy as a clam settling in with local club dates and a slower pace. Consider it a preemptive retirement where I get to work at my own pace. No more hustle, no more chasing the dragon. We’ll see how long I can go before I need that fix—that rush you get from fielding (and pitching) calls for gigs. I give myself another month.


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Lowdown: May 2013

I COULD GO ON FOR PAGES AND AGES ON THE THINGS I LOVE ABOUT LIVING IN THE SAN Francisco Bay Area—the climate, the landscape, the musical heritage.

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Lowdown: August 2013 - Livin' LIVE!

“OH MY GOD, I CAN’T BELIEVE IT’S ALREADY [INSERT MONTH HERE].” THAT’S definitely a mantra around my house, where two thirds of the residents live pretty much by the academic, rather than Gregorian calendar.

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Lowdown: January 2013

WE HAVE LOTS OF GREAT STUFF FOR YOU IN THIS ISSUE OF BASS PLAYER, AND I HOPE you each get lots of mileage from this month’s news, features, reviews, and lessons.

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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.