When I was in high school, I picked up the electric bass because bands needed a bass player. Over the 25 years that I have been playing bass, it doesn’t seem to me like I had clear musical goals for myself. I didn’t have any burning desire to become an acclaimed soloist or bandleader. I was happy enough whenever I could be a part of a decent band, and earn enough money to pay the bills. I had fun playing with friends, but I wasn’t driven to practice in a particularly disciplined way. I would be just as happy faking it and getting by (although I did feel recognize the importance of developing great time.) I don’t think I was ever in love with playing the bass, although it was satisfying to be a part of a band which sounded good.
Playing the organ is different for me. I’m much more inspired by the organ in general than the bass, and I have goals that I work hard to accomplish. Among those goals is to have my own jazz organ trio, which would play great grooves in different styles. I wanted to find regular gigs for my trio and always continue to expand our repertoire.
It feels great to be accomplishing these goals and to be making steady musical progress. I’m lucky to have found my passion, and I try not to take that for granted- even though I didn’t discover it until age 36.