Wednesday, February 27, 2008

Bass Humor

I've just posted a piece called When Size Really Does Matter on Jason Heath's doublebassblog. Enjoy.

Saturday, February 23, 2008

Dave Holland Track Reviews at

The good folks at have just posted a set of reviews I've written about one of my bass heroes, Dave Holland. The piece is one of their features called The Dozens, in which a reviewer picks twelve tracks that are somehow related and writes a brief essay about each one. Please check out The Dozens: Dave Holland by yours truly.

Tuesday, February 19, 2008

Oliver Sacks' take on Music and The Brain

Oliver Sacks, author of The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat and other wonderful books, has a new book out that has just moved to the top of my reading list. It is entitled Musicophilia: Tales of Music and the Brain. This can't be a book report since I haven't read the book yet (although I suppose that doesn't stop some folks from "reviewing"). But the book sounds utterly fantastic.

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I just read an engaging review by Colin McGinn in the New York Review of Books that really whet my literary appetite. He compares this book to Daniel Levitin's This Is Your Brain On Music, which I have written about here. While Levitin writes about the effects of music on listeners and performers with "normal" brains, Sacks focuses, as usual, on individuals whose neurology is impaired in some way. McGinn's review goes into some detail about the cases Sacks chronicles, but I'm going to wait on being more forthcoming until I've read the book. Next stop:

Monday, February 11, 2008

New Teaching Video

I just created a new video with suggested major triad fingerings for upright bass players: