Just a lesson to you younger players out there - it pays to learn to read music well! As some of you know, apart from playing electric bass I spend a lot of my time as an orchestral bass player. Last night I did a gig that was certainly a high point in my carreer so far - I played in the orchestra as part of the current Yes Symphonic tour at their stop in Toronto. It was an incredible time, especially considering they are my favourite band (tied with Jethro Tull). I was so hoping that I would get this gig when I first heard about it and I was stunned when I actually did get called for it. I was really surprised at some of the really major works they did with the orchestra - Close to the Edge, Gates of Delerium and Ritual (from Tales from Topographic Oceans). There were a few other classics as well as 2 new ones from the soon to be released new album. Man, to look over and be grooving with Chris Squire and sharing his frequency space was incredible. It was also fantastic to play with Alan White all night - what an amazing drummer! I got an extra thrill when I arrived in the afternoon for the rehearsal - I was talking with Chris' bass tech and I asked if he thought it'd be okay for me to take a picture of the legendary Ric. He did me one better by letting me strap it on and play it while he took a shot of me in front of Alan's drum kit! That was really something to actually hold and playTHE Chris Squire Ric! Still actually playing with the band was the greatest thrill. Anyway, I just thought I'd share my excitement a bit if you don't mind.