lenny kravitz and the high school bass man.
lenny kravitz is walking down the street in new orleans, and just happens to have a camera person in tow. hey, such is the nature of my celebrity that, ... , well, such is the nature of my celebrity that that has never happened to me, actually neither has ever happened to me, walking down the street in new orleans or having a camera person in tow.
well, who cares how likely it is to have happened exactly as depicted, because it is all pretty much just in good fun. lenny kravitz hears this choir singing one of his songs, so he just goes and stands and listens and claps his hands, and is really enjoying himself. the choir isn't too bad, and they are accompanied by a pretty good guitar and drum combo, and they are kinda rocking.
it's new orleans, right?
and, a kid is playing guitar and singing and doing a right passable job on the fret-boards.
so, lenny kravitz goes over, and joins in. not singing, not playing lead guitar riffs until he is blind, but takes over this kid's drum kit. and starts flailing away, and lenny kravitz is a pretty good drummer. and, he gets into playing, and he plays and he plays, and the kids are having a great time.
and, smiling, and laughing, and jumping around, and grinning, and maybe even a few sets of panties get peed, such is the good humor, and the little girls bouncing around in glee. and, the kid on the guitar says some stuff, and lenny kravits just keeps playing the drums, really enjoying himself.
and, the bass player, throughout all this, never skips the beat, once. he doesn't grin, he doesn't jump, he just keeps hammering out the beat. even when the guitar kid, the lead guitarist comes over and sticks the mike in the face of lenny kravits and prevails upon him to sing, which kravitz wants none of, he is playing the drum kit. but, the kid keeps after him, not nattering him just exactly, but he prevails upon kravitz to take the mike and sing, which kravitz does, while the drum kid retakes his seat and gets back onto the beat, the kid with the bass playing on through this whole deal. never misses the beat.
well, kravitz sings, and everybody is really sousing their drawers now, and the kid with the bass never cracks a smile, and never really looks like he is trying too hard.
he just has that bass player's oblivious-to-everything-that-is-going-on-around-him look on his face, and a nuke could go off on the next block, and he would never look up or even acknowledge it with so much as a frown or raised eyebrow.
well, all good things must end. right? even the house of david, with solomon at the head looking like things are gonna be flush for judea forever, ... , even the house of david gets kicked to its knees by a couple knuckleheads in charge, and a little wayward sinning and such, and worshiping other g_ds besides the really jealous one.
so, lenny kravitz stands up, and goes over and shakes the hand of the guitarist. no, not the lead guitarist who is playing some really great licks and has the pony tail and the patter. but, the bass man, with the hair cut high and tight, he of no smile, he who never tries to catch kravitz's attention, he who never cracks a frown or a grin, or shakes his rear, or any of that.
the guy who keeps the beat going.
the bass player. kravitz shakes the hand of the bass player, and leaves. just like that. no hand shake for the lead guitarist, he of the patter and the hot licks.
now, that friends, reveals a lot about lenny kravitz. decent fellow.
and, this little essay tells you everything you ever needed to know about the guys who play bass guitar.
they just cover your ass, and ask for nothing more than the chance to play. and, to keep the beat. it ain't for the hair cut. it ain't for the patter. it is not for the hot licks and lead lines. it is just all about the beat.
john jay @ 06.30.2010
this is all depicted at msn at the following link: http://thebubble.msn.com/#/video/?id=92f6509b-5cf0-41d0-b9f1-13bfb49bdef8 .