Promega, the awesome biotech firm that employs me, assembles an in-house band every year for our big 4th quarter company meeting. I can usually be found slinging a six-string for these affairs, but every few years I move over to bass and let someone else have a shot at the guitar glory. This is such a year.
Accordingly, I have dusted off my ancient Magnum bass (solid plywood!), borrowed my pal Joe Sweeney’s battle-amp, and dug into learning this year’s set list. Starting with some choice Stevie Wonder and Van Morrison, the set will gradually devolve to Chicago, and finally <shudders> Journey. At least I’ll be playing music, rather than creating mailboxes and cleaning viruses (I’m in the IT dept.) – and getting paid for it.
Soundboard wiz Joe Marsden from Full Compass will be running sound, and he’ll be blasting my beat-up bass rig though some impressive subs – with only the kick drum to share them with me. Soundcheck was downright visceral.
I’ll also be playing a solo set as part of the celebration, accompanied by my other 4-string – a ukulele. That set list will likely include works by Slim Gaillard, Nat Cole, Bing Crosby – but, alas, no Journey.