What creative outlets did you have before playing music?

Discussion in 'Off Topic [BG]' started by DirtDog, Nov 8, 2002.

  1. DirtDog


    Jun 7, 2002
    The Deep North
    Since I started playing guitar and bass when I was 13 (in 1980), this all seems kind of juvenile, but here goes anyways:

    Aside from the typical grade school art classes and everything that spun off from that, a couple of friends and I used to make stop-action 8mm movies of WWII tank battles. We would research the battles, build the "sets" and orchestrate the battles with models that we built...pretty geeky.

    Another thing we did was to produce our own fictional radio shows - we would write and perform news, sports, entertainment and music flow shows that we would record to cassette. We had our own fictional baseball team and an on-the-spot reporter called Roller Coler, The Disco Fag (sorry for being un-PC, it was 1978 afterall) - he was a roller skating, disco loving reporter who was found tragically murdered in 1980. The station shut down soon after that.

    And aside from all this, we still played sports - ice hockey, road hockey, pond hockey, baseball, soccer, cycling, canoeing, etc, so we weren't complete losers. Computers were things you read about in Popular Mechanics. As soon as we hit high school and discovered the ladies and rock'n'roll, we pretty much focused on playing music after that.

    Maybe my childhood wasn't so bad afterall!

    DD, out.
  2. Well, I guess I had a normal life as kid growing up in Auburn, NY. Used to fish for bass and carp with Dad; go hunting for woodchucks with my 22.-250; shooting crows, rabbits, and blackbirds; played lacrosse through high school as an awesome goalie; smashed pumpkins at Halloween time; bombed cars with snowballs/apples/tomatoes during the applicable season; "hopped" bumpers in the winter dragging off the bumper of a car on the snow/ice; and maybe the typical petit larceny/vandalism as a youngster; collected baseball cards; played baseball/footall with friends; and finally got my bass in '84.

    The neighborhood sure was quiet after my brother and I grew up and moved.....
  3. jobu3

    jobu3 Artist formerly known as Big Joe

    Feb 17, 2002
    Mountain Top, PA
    i cannot say what i played with before i took my aggression out on 4 strings, as some might be offended... ;)
  4. rickbass

    rickbass Supporting Member

    Piano and gunpowder/fireworks.
  5. DirtDog


    Jun 7, 2002
    The Deep North
    Well, I suppose those things could be terms "creative"..;-O)

    Non-creatively, we used to shoot up, burn up and break up stuff, too. Y'know, just harmless kid-stuff. We lived in a small semi-rural bedroom community outside of a larger city - aside from playing 8 hour long road hockey or baseball games and running back-lot casinos.

    At one point in time, we built a bike ramp that ran off the boat launch into the river near my house - we would start from the top of hill above the dock, pedal like madmen down the hill, launch off the ramp and into the river - bike and all. The longest distance we jumped was 11'4". Surprisingly, no one was ever injured except for our bike recovery diver.
  6. before music? well thats difficult since i started playing music at the age of 7.

    I guess it was making drawings of tanks, machines, cars etc.
  7. beermonkey


    Sep 26, 2001
    Seattle, WA
  8. i was in karate until '98, but didnt get my bass till 2000... the 2 years in between i think i just contemplated suicide...
  9. Before bass, and music, I spent my time setting fire to things and running about a massive forest that was on my doorstep.

    I hardly ever spent time indoors.
  10. I took piano lessons and tried to play the trumpet.

    I also used to make pseudo-documentary films with my friends, draws pictures of spaceships, tanks, mechs etc.

    I was also heavily in AD&D and other tabletop RPGs
  11. JoelEoM


    Mar 11, 2002
    Lancaster, PA
    i did a lot of pencil drawings, mostly of cars...and made paper airplanes...the best thing to do to put all my creative energy to use was to build things out of legos....big trucks, construction equipment, cars, ATVs....never got into the role playing side of things though....then i learned bass and legos became a side project...never did sports...
  12. embellisher

    embellisher Holy Ghost filled Bass Player Staff Member Supporting Member

    Mostly just being a juvenile delinquent.:p

    And occasionally opening threads in the wrong Forum.;)
  13. I would have to say sports for me, I was hell bent on being a pro soccer player then I joined a band and all of a sudden I've quit the university team, and skip most of the pickup games b/c i'd rather play bass.

    Probably a poor career path decision, but it sure is fun.
  14. Erlendur Már

    Erlendur Már

    May 24, 2000
    Creative..Nothing. I usually read and watched TV all day. I liked sports but I got sick of it when I started playing guitar.
  15. I was a fan of fireworks until I had an accident when I was 12... And after several quirurgic (sp?)interventions and other events, i totally lost the sight on my right eye just after I got 14.
  16. Surfing (then and now until the day I die). Skateboarding, Art, Model Airplanes, Fireworks,and thinking of sex!

  17. sweetpea

    sweetpea Guest

    Jun 6, 2002
    S'port, LoUiSiAna
    Well, My mom introduced me to music when I was born... she screamed in pain... I screamed back in harmony :) umm... When I lived in Palestine Texas, I picked blackberrries... well actually I just ate the ones my sisters picked out of the basket... ummm... then I turned 5 and moved to Taegu, Korea... I played a game "Ditch 'em"... 100 kids would gather at the Youth Services Facility (at night) they'd divide us into 2 teams... the hiders and the seekers... we'd take turns... .... we'd hide just about anywhere on the army base.... it was so much fun... then I turned 8 and started taking piano lessons... wrote my first song a year later... and the rest is history.. (unheard of now... but one day... I'm GONNA BE A ROCKSTAR :D )
  18. Brendan


    Jun 18, 2000
    Austin, TX
    I write. Mostly short stories, with the odd novel thrown in. A lot of Poems, essays, editorials and articles.
    It's really the only thing I'm good at.

    I still do write, but not as much. I think I need to get back to reading. I used to read 2 books a week or so, but since I've moved to Florida, I've almost stopped reading, which is embarrassing. With waaay over 1200 novels read in my teenage years alone, I'm already more well read than some of my english teachers, but I've slowed down too much for my liking. It might be music, or it might be that Florida is making me dumber as I sit here...
  19. kaboom133


    Oct 19, 2001
    Latrobe PA
    like brenden, i read. i've been an avid reader since i first learned ho wto read, and i'll read anything. i read about the same, 2 or 3 novels a week. also, when i was younger, (bein from a less fortunate(dirt poor) family, i never had many new toys, so i'd play in the woods with my cousin, and we'd pretend stuff. i mostly used my imagination for fun. also, i hunted, and blew stuff up. also, i always listened to music, it was something my dad and i always did together. even now tha ti have my bass, i still do most of this stuff. (exept pretend, well, most of the time at least:) )
  20. 2 years ago? i wrote alot, i still do. i like to paint also.
    now i'm a bass playing theater machine!