*Will plays in the Brazilian band Sambada, from Santa Cruz: http://www.sambada.com/
Sirius Satellite RadioI kid you not, Sirius has changed my life. The quality of music is just off the charts. My pre-selected stations are BB King's Blusville; Outlaw Country (rockin' country); The Joint (reggae); Bluegrass; the '50s; a classical station Bach etc.); Raw Dog Comedy; I switch around a lot. Tuesday on the road: The Right Time by Otis Rush; Bumblebee by Memphis Minnie; Gregory Isaacs... reggae somehow goes with Mendocino county; I Have a Boyfriend by the Chiffons, made me think of all those great girl groups of the 50s with their intricate harmonies and witty backups. Doo ron-ron...As I write this I'm sitting in my round room at Louie's listening to the Abyssinians singing Satta Mass Gana, "There is a life far, far away..."
Bass Madness: My new box bass is so great that I've been playing it a LOT. It's wonderful to discover the world of bass playing. I never really heard the bass before. It's like a different world, steady, the underlying current. Most people tune into only the melody.
This Tuesday, the Kahn family is backing up 91-year-old ragtime piano player Phoebe Babo at the Aegis Rest Home in Corte Madera. Brother Bob on banjo, son Will on drums, me on box bass. A sort of celebration of my mom's life, for the residents. We're going to film it. Here's Phoebe a few weeks ago doing Bye Bye Blues: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TIM3WVFROYs