All I want for Father’s Day 2018
Referenced by Father’s Day Feelin’ Groovy, Part 2
Low Rider, by War, 1975, from the album, “Why Can’t We Be Friends?” — Learned and performed by my family, to be recorded and uploaded to YouTube.com. This is what I want for Father’s Day.
That’s My Boy, on Bass!
Tonight, I taught the bass part to my son, 28, while his fiance listened to a recorded book in the back room. Little does she know that she has already been recruited as the woodwind soloist on her flute. Eli picked up the basic groove on his Peavey bass with self-wrought, custom aluminum pick guard. He alternated between listening to War’s recording, and me playing just the bass line on my Yamaha. I thought it would be easier to learn this song by ear, with its multiple syncopated rhythms*, than trying to read its TAB. A bit tricky for Eli, since TAB is more his comfort zone. After a bit, he had the groove down well enough for me to start tapping out the cowbell part on djembe (since we don’t yet have a cowbell). At the end, WE SOUNDED MARVELOUS! I don’t think Eli really heard it, but we did. The rhythmic interplay between those two parts form the heart of the song and they are magical, even in the hands of [am·a·teurs], playing together for the first time. I was feeling it. Yah, mon!
The Family von Player
The band’s temporary working name is The Family von Player, with members:
Eli, on bass and lead vocals
Christina (stage name: CC), backup vocals and solo flute
Paul, on harmonica
Sasha, on piano/djembe/vocals
Susan on cowbell/vocals
*The core rhythms:
_________________________________ | 1 + 2 + 3 + 4 + 5 + 6 + 7 + 8 + | | 1 + + + + + + 7 + 8 + | bass line rhythm (same, throughout) | | | 1 2 + 3 4 + 5 6 + + 8 + | cowbell rhythm (varies slightly) _________________________________
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