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Interviewing bassist stories

Discussion in 'Bass Humor & Gig Stories [BG]' started by Arthritic_Tom, Mar 23, 2012.


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  1. Arthritic_Tom

    Arthritic_Tom Supporting Member

    Mar 11, 2012
    Los Angeles
    Thanks, everybody, for the recent comments.

    The hilarious thing to me is how unplanned all this was. If you'd asked me five weeks ago to write a book about my experience in the field of music journalism, first I would've helped you up off the floor and passed you a handkerchief for the bloody nose I just gave you, and then I'd explain to you that no publisher in this dimension would want it.

    By the way, just to fill you in, I finally sent a message to my bass idol, asking him if he would care to appear in the book. I explained the project and how I would use him as an example of how to deal with setbacks gracefully and with dignity.

    His gatekeeper initially refused to forward the message, asking me if I might want to rephrase the letter, because I used the word "rage" twice, and my description of "my obsessive pursuit of Scott Thunes" made me seem like a psycho stalker. He said the message was too intense to send to someone I barely knew.

    After much thought, I asked the person to forward the message as is, because I did feel such rage that it blew up my immune system, and I did "pursue" Scott Thunes, though not in a physical sense. I wasn't following him around in my car; I periodically asked him to let me help him write his memoirs, and I brooded about him.

    Eventually the gatekeeper forwarded the message. We'll see what happens. I don't think I was coming across as insane, but crazy people generally don't know they're crazy.

    Maybe I've been raving away like a lunatic for over a month now, and none of you have had the heart to tell me.

    That's okay. I'm still having fun, crazy or not.
     
  2. RoadRanger

    RoadRanger Supporting Member

    Feb 18, 2004
    NE CT
    Hey, it's better to be crazy than insignificant :D .
     
  3. hamertek98

    hamertek98

    Apr 3, 2004
    Indiana
    Fifteen years later and still a great read!

    100_5568.
     
  4. Arthritic_Tom

    Arthritic_Tom Supporting Member

    Mar 11, 2012
    Los Angeles
    Thank you. And a great photo, too.
     
  5. hamertek98

    hamertek98

    Apr 3, 2004
    Indiana
    The photo is cool.

    And sir, thank you.
     
  6. haddieman

    haddieman

    Nov 10, 2011
    Wow. What an amazing thread! I can't really say anything about it that hasn't already been said but I want to say thank you Tom for putting yourself out there and allowing something like this to happen; and thank you fellow TBers for being such an amazing community. I haven't found another online community like the Talk Bass community and, while this is my first post here ever (after lurking for quite a while), I feel privileged to be a part of it.

    I joined the Google group and I can't wait to read the book.
     
  7. Arthritic_Tom

    Arthritic_Tom Supporting Member

    Mar 11, 2012
    Los Angeles
    Thanks very much. You won't be disappointed.

    About five minutes ago I opened a box of letters I sent to my mother from the 1986 to 1991, the period which covers the most crucial ghost in my story.

    Effing Goldmine. Thank God for pack-rat mommies.

    Thanks to everybody for your support. I won't let you down.
     
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