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 Tempest on March 11, 2011 at 9:04am
Great to hear that you're getting back into playing bass!
Comment by Misha Dukic on March 7, 2011 at 2:21pm

Yes Narine - hearing is half the talent. My drummer thought me how to listen to the kick drum and the rhythm of a song. That is why picked up a bass 6 months ago and have been learning how to be tight with a drummer. This has helped my guitar playing immensely.

Comment by Nerine Dorman on March 7, 2011 at 2:16pm
Being able to "hear" the music in my head again is just fantastic. I was blocked for such a long time.
Comment by Misha Dukic on March 7, 2011 at 2:07pm

I agree the most fun I have is during the creative process. Bringing in a new idea and see how it changes and grows and seeing the final arrangement of a song. I am not a great player but have a knack of coming up with little riffs that grow into songs. I think it also important to play with players who challenge you and make your own playing grow and get better. I always had a very hard time doing covers, I get bored and feel that I can spend the same time as learning a cover on my own ideas. Yeah fun is something I have lost on some of my projects but time has usually remedied that feeling. The two friends I play with listen to totally opposite music then I do and that always makes it a challenge but it always turns out better then if I would play with three of my own clones!

Comment by Nerine Dorman on March 7, 2011 at 1:53pm
I think the most important thing is one's motivations. If you're creating music for the right reasons, without lust for result, then your heart is in the right place. I'm going back to making music because it's something that has been missing from my life for such a long time. I'm tired of being on the sidelines. I don't care about recording albums... I just want to get together with a bunch of musos and let rip.
Comment by Misha Dukic on March 7, 2011 at 1:40pm
Untill they rip the guitar from my cold dead hands. I always say I am to dumb to quit!
Comment by Ross C on March 7, 2011 at 1:24pm
Good to see that you are still involved in the process.  Music is a funny thing.  You spend so long crafting a skill, working your ass off and trying your hardest to produce something that you love and hope that other people love.  Most people never fully realize the headache that is involved in music, let alone recording!  Every year I see musicians "hang it all up" because they have yet to reach the big pay off that they strive to reach.  Just stick with it and have fun.  That's were most loose there way is when they take it to seriously and loose sight of why they love music in the first place.  Keep it up.  Good to see someone still having the love for the game.
Comment by Scary Carrie on March 7, 2011 at 12:41pm
I've been fiddling with progressive rock/ post-rock/metal what the hellever. lol. I love my baby.
Comment by Misha Dukic on March 7, 2011 at 12:04pm

Hello Nerine

I am excited when I hear about musician who have been inspired to create again. I used to program my drum machine and work out all the parts on my 4 track way back when! Now I am doing the same on my imac! I think the main thing is to grow and have fun. I grew up on the Sex Pistols, The Damned, Danzig, Misfits, Joy Division, Katatonia, Social Distortion, Johnny Cash etc. Now I am writing music that I want to write and have a few friend who help me out on my demos. My current band is Labyrinth of Dreams! Keep up the great work and keep me posted on your process!

Comment by Nerine Dorman on March 7, 2011 at 12:25am

Thanks, Misha... I'll stop by ye big ol' music shop after payday this month to see what they can recommend for a finger exerciser. I was watching some music videos last night and seeing what some bassists get up to....eeek. I have a long, long way to go.

The way I figure it, I'm going to regret it for the rest of my life if i don't get off my arse and actually DO something. Just gratified that my music has come back after all these years. A stint in a black metal band totally destroyed my creative impulses. The style of playing was just so vastly different from what I was used to that I stopped writing.

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