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Jaco Pastorius FAQ ?

Discussion in 'Suggestion Box' started by Bruce Lindfield, Sep 14, 2005.


  1. Bruce Lindfield

    Bruce Lindfield Unprofessional TalkBass Contributor Gold Supporting Member

    It's getting to the point where every few weeks now we get a thread along the lines of somebody saying they don't "get" why Jaco Pastorius is so good or they don't really like his music, why is he so revered etc. etc.

    So rather than every time, people having to trot out the same things, having the same arguments, the same heated exchanges...wouldn't it make a lot of sense to have a FAQ somewhere or links to/reciprocal agreement with http://www.jacopastorius.com/ possibly?
     
  2. James Hart

    James Hart

    Feb 1, 2002
    toms_river.nj.us
    Endorsing Artist: see profile
    nowhere in the rules does it say that you are not allowed to post something that has been asked/said before.... in the past bassists mods would close ANYTHING new that referenced certain players.
    The way it's seen now, so long as the basic rules of TB are followed, a new Jaco/Fieldy/Carol Kaye/Favorite Metalica bassist post can be started everyday (as much as I dislike it too). We try to let TBers run with it for a while.... that's one of the charms of this place, you know, Talkin' Bass

    Hey Bruce, you mean like that Jaco Link in the stickied thread in Bassists?

    http://www.talkbass.com/forum/showthread.php?t=190278

    j-raj and I merge and or add to it all the time (last addition was 5 days ago).
     
  3. Bruce Lindfield

    Bruce Lindfield Unprofessional TalkBass Contributor Gold Supporting Member

    I agree in a sense, if somebody has something new to say or ask...

    As in - do you know what bass, xxxx bassist used on this track or what do you think of xxxx 's playing on the latest album, does xxxx have low action or high etc. etc.

    I suppose the annoying thing in this case is that it's always the same thing - somebody comes along and says they don't like Jaco - what's the deal?

    Can't we have something that covers this or says - if you don't 'get' Jaco - don't start yet another thread - go here : !!
     
  4. James Hart

    James Hart

    Feb 1, 2002
    toms_river.nj.us
    Endorsing Artist: see profile

    NEXT!


    There was upfront, interesting bass before Jaco. I do agree with his worth in the molding of modern bassists... but to think he is the beginning of it all it just wrong IMO.

    I played with a guitarist briefly that refused to listen to any music released prior to EVH as it was all below his standards... can you imagine being that close minded?
     
  5. Basshole

    Basshole Banned

    Jan 28, 2005
    Congratulations, you're an adult. I think a James Jamerson reference may have been too obscure for the room. Milt Hinton was pretty upfront MF'er too. I think that woulda really bombed my point, though.


    Well, then perhaps Charlie Christian references would have been lost on him too, huh?

    Context, man. Context. There's zero point in being too hip for the room, unless you just wanna look smart. I was trying to write something accessible.
     
  6. James Hart

    James Hart

    Feb 1, 2002
    toms_river.nj.us
    Endorsing Artist: see profile
    :cool:

    sorry for leaving this guy --> :p out of my other post...

    I hear ya, it is a good post... I'm working on something for the top of bassists :smug:
     
  7. Basshole

    Basshole Banned

    Jan 28, 2005
    I'm a little short on smilies use too.

    I think your point about the guitarist that wouldn't listen to anything before EVH kinda underscores my point about accessible references, though. Perhaps I shoulda left the Jimi reference out...I think the EVH milepost may be the only one that kids today can still have line-of-sight to. I still think the analogy may help some newbies understand the whole "Why Jaco" question.

    I really think that a FAQ on this, and the contrabass issue might lessen the daily drama around here. There was a great thread on 5-strings just recently, where someone made a great post outlining nearly all of the advantages of a contrabass...
     
  8. Marlat

    Marlat

    Sep 17, 2002
    London UK
    Its funny, when I find a thread that I'm not interested in, I don't read it. I have never quite been able to work out why some people find this so incredibly difficult. Perhaps some people have some sort of spyware on their computer that forces them to read and post in every single thread that upsets them, every single time.
     
  9. fraublugher

    fraublugher

    Nov 19, 2004
    ottawa, ontario, canada
    music school retailer
    like highway tragedy rubber-neckers , it'll be in our genetic make up for another 30,000 years.
     
  10. Bruce Lindfield

    Bruce Lindfield Unprofessional TalkBass Contributor Gold Supporting Member

    Well there's also the case of feeling that the great legacy and memory of somebody who died tragically early, who left a young family (some of whom have posted on TB before) shouldn't be trivialised and 'desecrated' in this way...?

    It feels to me like people are 'vandalising' his grave - in a virtual sense.
    :(

    I am happy to talk seriously about Jaco's legacy and what it can teach you - but I'm not going to bother writing whole tracts every time his name comes up, if it's just another "attention seeker" trying to "stir up the hornet's nest" or ring on the doorbell and run away sniggering! :meh:
     
  11. Marlat

    Marlat

    Sep 17, 2002
    London UK
    Sorry i'm confused now. Is someone forcing you to post in these threads?

    I was under the impression that if you didnt want to "bother writing whole tracts each time his name comes up", you simply would just refrain from doing so. :confused:
     
  12. Bruce Lindfield

    Bruce Lindfield Unprofessional TalkBass Contributor Gold Supporting Member

    Well - you left out the first half of my post which explained this! :meh:

    So if you can't grasp this - imagine you have a teacher who shows you some amazing concepts, who shows you some great music - you really feel you know this person through their playing and their music.

    This person dies tragically young and very sadly - but you think - well there's still their legacy of great music - great playing and compositions that will live on... :)

    But then people come along and dismiss that as 'crap' or worse - could you stand by and say nothing , allow that memory to be desecrated...:meh:

    If so - then I feel sorry for you really....:(
     
  13. Marlat

    Marlat

    Sep 17, 2002
    London UK
    Yes, I could. I appreciate that people have different tastes in music and that some people will never "get" the things that I like nor why I do. YMMV.

    Its sounds like you are suggesting that people can only have positive opinions about Jaco or his music. Doesn't that run contrary to your point that if people always agree there is nothing to discuss?

    Perhaps we could just stop discussing anything that has ever been discussed before and change this to www.FAQbass.com :D

    Given that can't seem to ignore these threads then I can see why something as trivial as someone else's ill informed opinion would trouble you so much. Its kinda like a fish to a baited hook. Perhaps if you just choose to ignore them it would stress you out less. :meh:
     
  14. Bruce Lindfield

    Bruce Lindfield Unprofessional TalkBass Contributor Gold Supporting Member

    No this is not what I am saying.

    You seem to be having great difficulty in grasping what I am saying - I have tried to spell it out, but you seem to be deliberately avoiding the serious point I am making...?

    Life's not always about 'flip comments' and 'clever' jokes - sometimes people need to be serious about things! :meh:


    Well if you can't understand why some people get upset when others "speak ill of the dead" then as I say - I'm sorry for you and if you have no emotions about people who have died tragically young and cannot understand this concept, then I think this says more about you as some kind of "cold fish" , than me...:meh:
     
  15. Marlat

    Marlat

    Sep 17, 2002
    London UK
    1. If someone wants to post a thread asking about Jaco or stating their opinion of Jaco then they can (provided it doesn't breach the forum rules).

    2. If you do not want to see or read such threads, don't click on them.

    3. Merely criticising an artists work, whether they be living or dead, is not "speaking ill of the dead". Artists put their work out there for public consumption and have to take the good with the bad. This doesnt matter if you're fieldy, kurt cobain, jaco or bethoven. If you get this upset everytime a dead artists work is criticised you must lead a pretty sad life.

    4. Jaco doesn't need you to stick up for him. His work and his accomplishments speak for themself.

    Chill out and let people ask their questions and post their opinions. Hell, you may even learn something.

    BTW I think a FAQ is a reasonable idea - but to try and force people not to post ill about Jaco? Variety is the spice of life IMO.
     
  16. Bruce Lindfield

    Bruce Lindfield Unprofessional TalkBass Contributor Gold Supporting Member

    You're still misunderstanding what I'm saying - so I am saying that I can't stand idly by and see Jacos' legacy trashed because of how I feel - I'm not saying that everybody should like his work, but I can't simply ignore people rubbishing him out of hand!

    I am happy to answer questions people pose or dicuss his legacy, talk about his music etc. etc. - but I am not going to write a long tract every time somobody says "Jaco is crap!" or words to that effect.

    My position is very clear - but you seem determined to persist in a misundertanding of this...:meh:

    I think it's pretty clear and many people have agreed that these thread are coming up so often now that something needs to be done about it and I am very glad to see that James says he is considering this. :)
     
  17. Bruce Lindfield

    Bruce Lindfield Unprofessional TalkBass Contributor Gold Supporting Member

    I've never said that!! I've said that's the reason I can't stand by and ignore these threads - but I do think people need to show some kind of respect for the dead and for their family...?

    So Jaco's children have had a hard life and one of his sons has actually posted on TB - what does he (and his brothers and sisters) think if they come here and see loads of threads saying Jaco was crap ....:(

    Isn't this something we should be thinking about?
     
  18. Marlat

    Marlat

    Sep 17, 2002
    London UK
    I'll let you have the last words. Your position couldn't be clearer :meh:

     
  19. Bruce Lindfield

    Bruce Lindfield Unprofessional TalkBass Contributor Gold Supporting Member

    Well that seems very clear to me - so what I am asking for is a FAQ that details Jaco's legacy - so when somebody comes along and says "I don't get Jaco " - I'm not going to ignore it, but I can point to this FAQ rather than having to type reams and reams of stuff!

    I don't see what's so difficult to understand about this? :confused: