Happy Sunday everyone! As you likely have noticed, it has been quite a while since I’ve managed to post updated materials here on The Hub. Rest assured, this was a brief hiatus and nothing more!

It has been a busy two months, but productive and enjoyable. In fact, it has been long enough now that I have decided to move on from the Steve Bailey series for now. I may return to finish transcribing the structure at some point in the coming months. Please let me know if you want me to find a way to get that done sooner and I’ll see what I can do.

New Adventures are Afoot

Since you’ve last heard from me, I decided to completely change direction musically (in a good way). The project I was working on just never seemed to catch enough creative momentum, and we decided to walk away from it. Fortunately, I gained a good friend in our drummer Basem. He and I are actually doing a monthly improv set together, performing jazz, blues, and other groovy styles behind a comedy slam at Romeo’s here in Austin.

The Green Monster Carvin Fretless Bass Guitar

The Green Monster: Carvin 6-String Fretless, in case you haven't seen it

Since the band-in-working split, I’ve come back together with my brother Bart (a.k.a. DJ/Producer Exstus) on a new project. We kicked it off around Labor Day, and have already managed to get working parts of 11 compositions done. The entire set of music is being performed on the Green Monster (6-string Carvin fretless), so I’ll share some stuff on here when it is ready to show. Feedback is always welcomed…even better when it’s positive (jk)!

We’ve set a goal of getting one more piece off the ground, and then we’ll turn ourselves to officially structuring all the tunes. Then we can start adding more members to the group.

I’m very excited about the direction it has been going so far – it’s a wild mix of musical styles blended, and dammit it just plain works! Now come the hardest parts – picking a name and finding talented people that we have good chemistry with. Perhaps having the tunes all cooked up will help make that go more smoothly.

Anyone have any good anecdotes or recommendations for making the process clean and quick? I’d love to hear your ideas.

Other Stuff

Speaking of making changes, I also recently got a new job with a big promotion, and that has been a pretty major adjustment for me. Fortunately, it’s been a lot of fun, which is a reward for making the move happen I suppose (I needed a change). That hit in mid/late October, and has been a huge priority in my life for the past several weeks. But anyway, this is a site about Fretless, so I’ll just say thanks for reading my musings on here.

Namaste,
Tommy

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Happy Sunday everyone! As you likely have noticed, it has been quite a while since I've managed to post updated materials here on The Hub. Rest assured, this was a brief hiatus and nothing more! It has been a busy two months, but productive and enjoyable. In fact, it has...