Well, I can report now that I've been practicing my bass now for almost three weeks solid. I have a tentative band room arranged and have started putting out feelers for musos to jam with once my six-month isolation period is up (end-June). This is scary and cool... because I'm finally doing something for myself and not just talking about it anymore. 

I have lost the feeling in my fingerpads of my left hand now that the skin is hardening. Kinda creepy but cool at the same time.

I'm not too old for this, I hope. After a decade-long absence from gigging, I'm getting back in the saddle, but I'm allowing the music to grow organically. People already asking me what I'm going to call the band and I'm like hell, no... I'm not going to curse it by giving it a name. Baby steps first. First get playing, find other musos and get the groove going.

I may hook up with my old guitarist from my first band. We were both lank into Metallica in the old days. Might be kinda cool to play with him for a bit since I've heard he's still playing.

Weird how things go full circle.

Biggest influence right now: A Pale Horse Named Death. 

I wake up in the mornings sometimes with the music going through my head, trying to figure out the riffs.

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Comment by Misha Dukic on March 6, 2011 at 6:53pm

Hey Nerine. That is awesome. I feel inspired by APHND as well and have been writing new material as well. I have small little orange crush amp and when I have some new ideas I just turn on my iphone and use the memo app to slap some new ideas down. I think music is so liberating I have been playing since I was 11 but never had the discipline needed to write the music I hear in my head. I have a rehearsal studio about 30 minutes from my house in this metal shop and play with two friends on Wednesday nights. We lost our bass player 6 months ago so I picked up a Gibson Thunderbird and have an old Pevey amp form the 80's that sounds just like Motorhead. Keep up the great work it is great when we find and inspiration to draw upon!

may I suggest one of those finger exercisers (like a gripmaster) they will help you with strengthening your hand.

Comment by Nerine Dorman on March 6, 2011 at 3:10pm

I think the problem I had in my twenties was that I thought my talent would be enough to see me through to fame and fortune. So I didn't work hard enough. Granted, I did party it up and get some interesting life experience I can now draw upon for my creativity.

The novels... I have two lines. One is urban and dark fantasy (under my real name) and the others are a contemporary erotic romance (definitely under another name). I like to write about alternative subcultures, however... so there's a lot of references to popular culture among the "darker" peeps. 

Comment by Nerine Dorman on March 6, 2011 at 2:13pm

Well, at the moment I'm just working on technique and building finger strength. Being female has its disadvantages when playing bass as the frets are quite wide apart and the strings require far more effort. I can't believe how fast I played when I was still in a black metal band. The entire technique is so vastly different from what I'm aiming for right now. 

The added advantage is that now I've more self-discipline, which I lacked when I was in my early twenties.

Good gods, if I can write and publish several novels each year, I sure as hell can put in the time to get my playing good again.

Comment by Sal Abruscato on March 6, 2011 at 8:31am

Thats awesome

rock out and have fun

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