Today on Tommy T’s Obsession with random Ruminations – Adventures in Babysitting edition

On playin’ da blooz…


For a bassist, it’s not much fun.

I grew up in Texas, where playin’ da blooz is a rite of musical passage. “Nobody gets out of here without playing the blues!” isn’t just a line from a movie, it’s a way of life. It’s why Stevie Ray Vaughn, Lightnin’ Hopkins, T-Bone Walker, Clarence “Gatemouth” Brown, and Johnny Winter existed.

Having said that, it’s one of the most boring and soul-crushing things a bass guitarist can do on stage. You’re basically (see what I did there?) playing I-IV-V-IV over and over and over, and every 16 bars you get to do a walk-up / walk-down. Whoopee.

Yes, I know it’s a sacred part of our musical heritage, and the springboard to most of rock music, but unless you’re the guitarist who gets to play 12 minutes of solos, or the vocalist, it’s boring as shit.


I can’t even begin to imagine how the drummers feel.




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6 thoughts on “Today on Tommy T’s Obsession with random Ruminations – Adventures in Babysitting edition

  1. mellowjohn says:

    Reminds me of Rob Paravonian’s “Pachabel Rant”…

    Is the worst cello part ever written in the history of cello parts
    It’s eight quarter notes that we repeated over and over again, they are as follows

    D, A, B, F sharp, G, D, G, A

    And that’s all we got to play
    We repeated those eight notes 54 times, I counted
    Because I had nothing else to do
    I would sit back and listen to the violins get lovely melodies
    The violas would get lovely melodies, the second violins would get lovely melodies
    Which should just not happen
    And the cello, we got stuck with eight crappy, lousy, stinkin’ notes

  2. LarrytheRed says:

    “I can’t even begin to imagine how the drummers feel.” Sure you can. They get the girls, right?

    • Tommy T says:

      True dat.

    • Tommy T says:

      (from “Airheads”)

      You’ve really great arms.
      You should show them off.
      How does he do that?
      Pip? He gets his hands
      on more bumper than a body shop.
      With that ”l seem so stupid
      l must be cute” routine?
      That’s the quiet cool.
      Chicks, man, they just flock on it.

  3. Ten Bears says:

    I’m not even gonna’ try and explain the progression but you’ve earbugged me The Musicbox Dancer that back when I had teeth I could whistle. Trumpet too.

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