New AOL Radio channel

AOL Radio has a new channel: Meditation. Very peaceful music, but….it has commercials! There’s nothing quite like falling into peaceful meditation only to be jerked awake by loud commercials! 🙂

I don’t think AOL thought their plan quite through! *laughs*

Metallica’s new album

I was all prepared to hate the new album Death Magnetic; St Anger was such a disappointment that I couldn’t imagine them recovering from it.

I was hopeful (but skeptical) of the reports that the new album would be a “getting back to their roots” album, a cross between Master of Puppets and …And Justice for All. I really would love to hear that album, but it still doesn’t exist…

The real miracle (to me) is that I don’t hate DM. I still think some of the riffs are weak — nothing really makes me want to pick up my guitar — but the album as a whole is growing on me. I’m really getting to like That was just your life and Unforgiven III is pretty decent. I’ll just have to wait and see how much the album grows on me.

But man, I really miss songs like Damage Inc and Harvester of Sorrow.

Update 09/26/08: I’m really getting to like some of the songs on this album. I’ve been listening to it for a few days and it’s beginning to grow on me. Ironically, I really disliked Broken, Beat & Scarred initially — there wasn’t much of an opening riff and the lyrics were overly repetitive. But after listening to it several times, this may be my favorite song on the album. “Rise, fall down, rise again!”indeed!

Bass players unite!

I’ve pretty much always been a fan of bass. One of my earliest memories is of hearing Pink Floyd’s Dark Side of the Moon album playing at my Uncle Jim’s house. DSotM has a well-defined bass line, and I remember feeling like it was vibrating inside of me.

When I had just become a teenager, my family went to the Walmart in Jasper and I bought a cassette of Rush’s Fly By Night; Paul told me, “You just wasted your money on that!” — I think that might have been one of the only times I’ve known him to be wrong about something! happy smiley

I became a huge fan of Rush because of that cassette (and the subsequent purchase of Grace Under Pressure. I fondly remember putting on my headphones and getting lost in the music, usually keying on the bass lines. I grew to love Geddy’s style, which I once heard described as “aggressively melodic”.

So it stands to reason I’d eventually start playing bass myself; I’m actually a bit surprised that it took as long as it did for me to start.

I didn’t start playing bass until around 1995 or so. I actually started playing guitar first, in the summer of 1990; I was told that it would be easier to play the bass after learning the guitar first, instead of picking up guitar after bass. That probably is true; I really enjoyed playing guitar, but when I picked up the bass and started learning Rush’s bass lines, I knew I had found “what I’m looking for” (with apologies to U2). winking smiley