Season’s Greetings

I’ll be off-line for a few days next weekย  … so just to wish all my contributors and detractors, enemies and friends a Very Happy Christmas Holiday and a Prosperous and Fulfilling New Year. The Moderator sends his best too…

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92 Responses to Season’s Greetings

  1. Mike Miller says:

    One has to be careful these days of which Prophet you make fun of.

  2. Mike Miller says:

    Hope you received some nice gifts and some holiday cheer this Christmas.

    I just about grabbed this for you, but then I thought, well, maybe not…

  3. David Witherington says:

    Merry Christmas, Bruce, and may your New Year be happy, healthy and blessed. ๐Ÿ™‚

  4. Happy Christmas! I love saying that. It’s so British.

    I drive an hour-long commute to and from work, and listen to the radio in the car which has been about 80% Christmas music lately. There are some good Christmas pop songs by rock artists: I think my favorite is Elton John’s “Step Into Christmas” which has a great bass part.

    • Bruce says:

      Yes — it is Christmas after all. And we can do without all that PC “winterval” nonsense. I thought that for once I’d managed to get trhrough the entire period without hearing Slade — but they got me while I was doing some last-minute shopping in the supermarket.

  5. Mike Miller says:

    I know it’s the Holidays….

    Since Joe Cocker died today, I copied a Facebook post one of my studio clients wrote about the departed:

    And so another musical giant of my generation leaves this Earth. As much as anyone, Joe Cocker epitomized the wild era of the Sixties and early Seventies, an era of unprecedented freedom to follow one’s muse, to experiment with drugs, sex and Eastern Mysticism, as well as a whole lot of other things. I was lucky enough to open a show for Cocker in 1982 at the Lyric Theater in KC, with Blake Hughes, Jimmy Dykes, Mike Harvey and Michael (?). As we prepared to go on, Joe was clearly on a raving bender, careening backstage, a man possessed by demon rum. No way was Joe Cocker doing a show that night. Or so I thought. After we did our set, I ventured into the house to watch the disaster unfold. From the first note, Cocker was on fire. He never missed a cue and sailed through a performance as fine as any I’ve seen. As we packed up our gear after the show, Joe Cocker swaggered by, a girl on each arm, looked at me and said in his British accent, “The night is young!”. So long Joe, and Godspeed.

    • Bruce says:

      I saw him live at the Marquee club in the early days, just after he’d left Sheffield and turned pro. Even then he seemed to have to do a lot of drinking to quell his inhibitions and let the artist out — but it also seemed to be a price he was willing to pay. He was head and shoulders above the likes of Rod Stewart and the other white-soul boys.

  6. BorisBrain says:

    Groove on Mr T. Festive greetings, ‘n all that.

    For myself, I’m hoping that Santa brings me a left-handed Fender Mustang bass, for which I’ve been extra good this year. Apart from the Noodle Incident…


    • Bruce says:

      As long as you believe in santa — you’ll get your wish. (I just saw it on Polar Exspress).

      • Santa says:

        Of course I believe for I am he. I am bringing J. Roderick Ring one of these for Christmas:

        Though I understand he will also celebrate his 50th on the 27th and being that he is on the “Nice” list he could use one of those pink basses (The elves were working on one when we received a restraining order from a Mr. Moderator somewhere in the UK). Since birthdays aren’t my gig anyway, perhaps you nice folks here at could chip in for the nice young man. That would also get you on the nice list then I can bring you a lefty Mustang or a nice pair of shoes.

        Jolly St. Nick

      • Bruce says:

        I think I saw Ry Cooder playing one of those guitars once — a nice bit of retro kit. When my ship comes in (later in the year), it will be free basses all round.

      • BorisBrain says:

        Hmm. Mr Claws appears to have ignored my lengthy e-mailed instructions, and instead delivered a left-handed tangerine. Or is it a satsuma? Hard to tell.

        The search for the fabled LH Mustang continues…

        In the meantime I’m considering swapping out the disappointingly under-powered pickups on my Jap Precision for something Seymour-Duncanny. I’ve read some conflicting descriptions of the Profile – does it have an SPB 1 or Quarter-Pounder? Any recommendations?

        Thanks, and happy new year,

        Groove on,


      • Santa says:

        Sorry about the citrus, Mr. Brain. I’ll make that right as soon as possible. I don’t have a lefty bass handy right now. Will a left-handed herring or mackeral do instead?

      • Bruce says:

        Good for learning to play scales, eh?

      • Roddy Ring says:

        Free basses, oh boy. Would you throw in a dog house as well? That’s were I’ll be residing if Mrs. Ring catches me with any more musical equipment in the Ring residence.

      • Bruce says:

        ‘Sounds like you’ve been Ring-fenced ๐Ÿ™‚

      • Mike Miller says:

        My ship came in once, but I wasn’t home.

    • BorisBrain says:

      Hmm. Mr Claws appears to have ignored my lengthy e-mailed instructions and instead delivered a left-handed tangerine. Or is it a satsuma? Hard to tell.

      The search for the fabled LH Mustang continues…

      In the meantime I’m considering swapping out the disappointingly underpowered pickups in my Jap Precision in favour of something Seymour-Duncanny. I can’t remember if the Profile has SPB1s or Quarter-Pounders. Any recommendations?

      Cheers, and happy new year.

      Groove on,


      • Bruce says:

        I was going to fit SPB1s on the Profile Bass but decided not to as the ones they came with from the factory proved better — and unfortunately these pick-ups are not on general sale. You could always e-mail Barry Moorhouse at the Bass Centre and ask him if he could sell you some “generic pick-ups” — if you mention our conversation and tell him that I endorse you as an all-round good guy.

  7. Rachel Jones says:

    And a happy Yuletide on this day of the Winter Solstice!

  8. Roddy Ring says:

    Merry Christmas and Happy Boxing Day, or whatever you do over your way. I understand that Jolly old St. Hubbins comes to distribute quality footwear to all the deserving boys and girls.
    Hope you get a pair to your liking. The moderator, may he get a lump of coal.

  9. Mike Miller says:

    Detractors? Enemies?…Say it ain’t so!

    Merry Christmas to you and yours!

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