Dinner this weekend with David Amaral, who has a fantastic professional sound studio lurking in the basement of his otherwise normal-looking house. He’s the founder of Global Note Music and does sound for commercials, books-on-DVD, and other stuff. BUT before all that he played bass professionally for decades, in all kinds of interesting groups.
He got a gig with a well-known Boston area musician whom I will leave nameless. Said musician sent him tapes to study. David did his homework and learned to reproduce the bass lines exactly. But then at rehearsal, said musician broke off one song and to exclaim “David! You’re playing too many notes!” Their professional relationship was fairly brief.
The process by which a musical group creates a song, starting from scratch, fascinates me. In fact, any creative endeavor fascinates me. Chess, of course. Writing. Even the often trivial writing form of blogging puts you to the test every day. Every day you are confronted with the same starting place: That blank page. Funny how the blank page can take on its own personality (menacing, stony, inviting) depending on how your creative juices are flowing on a given day.