Okay, OKAY, I’m A Bastard…

…according to Webster’s Dictionary definition, my music product/my music style, born from my musical influences, would be defined as:

Bastard |ˈbastərd| noun or adjective

1. illegitimate

2. of mixed or ill-conceived origin <known for coining bastardwords>

The Platypus & I Have A Lot In Common

The Platypus & I Have A Lot In Common

I love the British Invasion era; I love Blues; I love The American Songbook; I love Charles Ives; I love musicals; I love Jazz; I love R&B (50s/60s/70s); I love 50s/60s Country & Western… I LOVE MUSIC!

The Only Reason I Chose Music (Or Actually, Music Chose Me)

The Only Reason I Chose Music (Or Actually, Music Chose Me)

All of the above influence every creative mood, thought and decision I make when I am playing or composing.

So… I am not a JAZZ musician and I am not a ROCK or any of the above musician (I’m still a nice guy!); BUT, I am ME. Whatever that means, I spend my creative life exposing ME such as I am, in the most sincerest, honest way I am capable of. I OWE this to my audience.

Art in general, being subjective anyway, has always posed a certain question which has always puzzled me:

When people come up to me and say I’m great, am I great because they say so OR do I stink because they don’t really have a clue… does it matter? Think about it…

I SINCERELY MEAN…

EVERY NOTE…

I PLAY…

COMPOSE

AND TEACH…

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Doug Riley: An Important Mentor & Influence, Although We Never Actually Met

Doug Riley

Doug Riley

When I was in my early teens, the Toronto Sound was at it’s peak.

Doug Riley emanated musicality; his arrangements, the way he played, projected an aura that made me feel like we were friends. I learned so much from him on how things should sound, look and in general, how they should be presented aurally and visually. I perceived everything he did as big, polished… I felt it would be difficult to dislike any music he created.

He will always remain HUGE in my music-mind. We will always be friends.

I still get shivers listening to One More Mountain To Climb (Neil Sedaka) as I did all those years ago listening on my transistor radio under my blankets at 4:00 in the morning…

Mentoring from a person who I have never met is different than simply being influenced by them. Personal lifestyle & philosophy can be as important as artistic influence. Sometimes geography, media and/or a friend of a friend can enhance this very special, honest, one-sided relationship.  

 

Bill Doggett’s Honky Tonk; When Instrumentals Were Fun!

Honky Tonk (Doggett/Butler), issued by the famous King label, is another one of those things that simply, just works. For me, it is timeless, feel good and I never get sick of listening to it. Even the crowd noises and clapping is infectious.

Definitely the guitar solo; I think every phrase of it became a lick in every guitarists bag of tricks at the time we got into it.

The charm of this oddity seems to be a blend between simplicity, sincerity and the marvellous, “suggestive” sound of that saxophone! Everything fits! I can even live with the sax’s meandering into nowhere “extended” solo…

Bill Doggett

Bill Doggett

One thing that mystifies me somewhat, is that there isn’t an organ solo. After all it is Bill Doggett‘s group. We just get to hear him gurgling in the background on his Hammond B3.

Anywho, it is time. Time to return to a much simpler era (or was it?), 1956, and let Honky Tonk take you where it will…

Personel undetermined.

 We were, of course, THE garageband generation.* We started the whole three chord, bass guitar, rhythm guitar, lead guitar and drum thing. Looking back to the music of those times, things seemed to be less complicated but, our desire to get proficient was insatiable. Those of us who couldn’t keep up with the skill needed for the evolving music, simply dropped off the radar. Me? Well, I just couldn’t get enough! Things haven’t changed!

*When a doctor checks out my ears with his scope, this is a HUGE part of what he sees.

Arnold Faber: Aural•Snapshot #3 Al Kooper

Al Kooper: My Idea Of The Musicians' Musician

Al Kooper: My Idea Of The Musicians’ Musician

*Staying close to my roots has always been a priority for me; it keeps me honest as a player and a composer. My Aural Snapshot series is a very personal affirmation of THOSE roots for all of the music I create.

Arnold Faber: Aural•Snapshot #2 Jeff Beck (w/Yardbirds)

Jeff Beck Still Kickin' It!

Jeff Beck Still Kickin’ It!

 

*Staying close to my roots has always been a priority for me; it keeps me honest as a player and a composer. My Aural Snapshot series is a very personal affirmation of THOSE roots for all of the music I create.

 

Arnold Faber: Aural•Snapshot #1 Ray Davies

Ray Davies

Ray & I Go WAY Back… In My Music-Mind!

*Staying close to my roots has always been a priority for me; it keeps me honest as a player and a composer. My Aural Snapshot series is a very personal affirmation of THOSE roots for all of the music I create.

My Past Merged With My Present; For Two Solid Hours; I Saw The Who…

Then & Now Poster

This post is not a review; it is I, sharing a kind of emotional witnessing to an end of an era; a special era known only too well to YOU… YOU all know who YOU are.

As the crew was readying the stage, I felt like I was about to run into some old friends I had known intimately for several years but hadn’t seen for quite some time. The anticipation was very exciting yet somewhat melancholy. One of my main influences, drummer Keith Moon has been dead for many years and the bassist, John Entwistle passed in 2002.

The Who Then...

The Who Then…

The Who Now...

The Who Now…

When they took to the stage it was just… so comfortable; though it was in a hockey arena, and we were in the nose-bleeds, I felt connected/familiar.

Pete Townshend‘s brother Simon was on guitar and did a great job; Zak Starkey was drumming and I gottta say, FIT LIKE A GLOVE! I couldn’t believe it, definitely the man for the job. He has style, energy AND technique. Ringo has got to be a proud pappy!

Zak Starkey Then...

Zak Starkey Then…

Zak Starkey Now...

Zak Starkey Now…

They got into Quadrophenia, and did some assorted hits which did not disappoint! Roger Daltrey‘s vocals were amazing and duly supported by a 3 piece horn section and two keyboard players.

The thing is, the music had grown; the attitudes had relaxed and emitted humility. They thanked us several times for staying with them for all the years.

Humility is HUGE with me.

In summary, the years have been kind; their experiences good & bad, on the road and off, in the studio and out, personally and professionally have been kind… it was, for me, a very rewarding experience that I get to absorb into my music-mind.