Moving back to Toronto, where we started from, was a bitter/sweet experience. Shelly, Henry & I really loved Boston but, when school was finished, there wasn’t a lot for me to do. Being THE college town, I soon discovered that you’d better be involved with education either as a student or a teacher…
In 1983, we found a place to live in the beaches area of Toronto and dug in. I was composing like crazy but not making enough money so I started teaching and working at the amazing Toronto Percussion Centre. When I wasn’t teaching/selling there, I was back to balancing family life and music. Around that time, I put together a duo with a marimba/vibraphone player, Allan Molnar from Yorkton Saskatchewan (we are still good friends to this day). We called the concept Mallet Busters (the movie Ghost Busters was huge at the time).
We sure had a ball in the early eighties. Mallet Busters played everywhere; all major street corners, Meyer’s deli (both locations), The Bamboo Club…
…a career in music? Don’t be silly, you won’t make a living. That’s no life for a son (daughter) of mine. That’s that! I don’t want to discuss it again!
Hey! Turn the radio up! I love that song!
Then we got the call to play Theatre St.Denis at the 1985 Montreal Jazz Festival. It was great, they picked us up at the train station and took us to a great hotel to drop our luggage just in time for the sound check. The room itself was memorable as it had been Chick Corea’s. He had left a whole bunch of flowers and some beer! We had Michael Farquharson On Bass in our trio format. We opened up for JACQUES LOUSSIER. All I can say is WOW!
The times, they were exciting; in 1986 we did an album on the CBC’s Jazz Image label. Mallet Busters: Side one, trio format with Don Thompson on bass; side two: 5 piece. The musicians: Arnold Faber, vibraphone; Allan Molnar, marimba; Greg Stone, guitar; Michael Farquharson, bass; Rick Gratton, drums.
The CBC is very special to me. They gave me a great start and a lot of work over the years.
Suite: CBC was written at the kitchen table with now, our TWO sons, Henry & Elliot hanging on my neck! Actually, we didn’t know it at the time of composing but, Shelly was pregnant with our third son, Miles.
*The Series …While Listening To Myself In The Mirror, chronicles the milestones, influences and progression of the musical career and times of Arnold Faber, Canadian Career Musician/Composer. The intent is strictly to inform, entertain and chronicle a 38+ year career in Canadian music history.