I believe all of us, like Blues Legend Robert Johnson near Dockery Plantation at midnight, come to our own “crossroads” where we make our “pact” with the devil; less ominously, at the very least, arrive at our “point of no return” with what we are going to do with our lives…
At my crossroads, I decided to give up playing Top 40 or commercial cover grind and start “creating” music. Although I wouldn’t turn down a wedding or Bar Mitzvah, I would not actively go after that kind of work or club gig.
My nine semesters at Berklee were spread over an eight year period. Around 1981, my seventh semester, I formed my first band, Conception. Shelly, Henry and I had a house on the South Shore in Braintree Mass where the band practiced; we played a nice blend of originals and standards. In Boston we played Ryles and The 1369 Club. We traveled as far north as Portland New Hampshire to play Horsefeathers and as far south to play Dr. Watson’s in Philadelphia.
Talk about being inspired! I got to see/hear so many of my influences up close and personal. I even took Henry (on my lap) to see Weather Report at The Orpheum. Studying, Playing and catching my many influences was really shaping my ears and intellect for the coming years!
…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!
One of the tunes that I composed during that period was my Walk In Tune! I had the pleasure of recording it with my group Vibre´many years later on Our Maximum Jazz/Universal Group enhanced CD, Blue Comedy. I loved the album and the group!
*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.