For Jeffus, Throb, Cliffie, Dan, Mike, Rick, Joanne, Jim, Pat, Chris, Jason, Bryan, Zog, Mike… but especially my brothers Jeffus and Throb

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One more for the road

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And one more for me!

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"It's Impossible To Sing And Play The Bass"

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Holly Crap!!! I’ve been proving this for years!!!!!!!!

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One time, while playing gig at “The Starline”, one of the bigger venues in Fresno, my band “Tribe Called Mike” were playing a cover of the Eagles’ “Hotel California”. We played the song in a double time reggae style, and it worked quite well for me, since the bass line is a reggae line anyway. Well, during the last verse, Don Henley sings a lyric:

Mirrors on the ceiling,
The pink champagne on ice
And she said we are all just prisoners here, of our own device
And in the masters chambers,
They gathered for the feast
They stab it with their steely knives,
But they just cant kill the beast

Well, I got to that part, and instead of singing “They stab it with their steely knives,“, it came out They steel it with their steely knives,“. The Sonic-Mate has NEVER let me forget that one!

There is an old trick that helps if you forget the lyrics while performing – start singing like Michael Stipe from REM. You know he’s singing something, and they must be the right lyrics, because he’s singing them and he wrote them. But, except for the occasional “striaght off the bus” and “radio free europe” you can’t hardly understand a word that is coming out of his mouth! You want proof?

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It’s wierd, seeing Michael Stipe with hair. And love those Rickenbachers!

“RareForm”, my San Diego band, has always had a knack for playing REM songs. After years of hearing me beg and plead, we’ve FINALLY added this song to our set list. I absolutely love playing this song – it has one of the funnest bass lines recorded in the last thirty years.

“It’s The End Of The World As We Know It!!!!”

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Fun but noisy. OK, really, “It’s…”

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Or this version:

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Boy, this post sure went off on a tangent.

Uh Oh! Global Warming Policy Revolt!

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I have a feeling you’re going to see a lot more of this in the near future. Many are starting to realize that these policies, regardless of the merits of climate science as we presently understand it, that the policies designed to drastically curb CO2 emissions don’t play well in hard economic times. They are seen as job killers and inflationary edicts, which of course, they are. Until there is a real alternative option, you are going to see more actions like this.