Human Kindness

You know, there are a lot of really good people out there.

Halfway through our first set in Jasper last night I broke a bass string.  Actually, I didn’t break it.  Mike did while playing my bass in “Blue Eyes” (Mike!).  I always carry two extra sets of strings.  I haven’t broken a string in five years though, so as we were packing up for this trip - trying to save all the space we could - I finally took them out of my bass case.  Of course the one time I don’t have a backup it happens.  Mike picked up my ukulele and did a solo tune, while I ran through the crowd asking around for bass strings.  It didn’t seem like I was going to have any luck, so I got back on stage and played “Stop” with out a D-string.  That was humbling.  It’s astonishing to see how much I rely on muscle memory and how unfamiliar I still am with this instrument.  I didn’t suck, but I wasn’t groovy either.

As the song came to a close, one of the guys working at the venue ran in through the front door and proffered another electric bass.  Apparently he saw what happened and ran home to bring his own instrument for me to use.  I was so grateful.  I plugged that in and we kicked right into the next song while I tweaked sound on the fly.  It felt so much better to be playing with all four strings.

Then, two songs later, another guy came in through the door and placed a D-string on the stage beside me.  Apparently he had called a taxi to take him home and then rush him back to the venue just to get me a string.  Wow.

I got my bass back in shape between sets and we closed the night, reveling in the energy the audience was giving to us.  There was probably thrice the turnout that we had last time we played here.  Most of that crowd was up dancing too - even when the time signatures didn’t lend themselves to any obvious motion.

We busted our butts to get to that show.  We’d dealt with the stress of getting Mike’s car repaired, assessing our vehicular safety (no flames please!), and realizing the brand new drum kit wouldn’t fit in Mike’s car anyway.  We’d arranged logistics, adjusted work schedules, rented a car, and battled traffic.  We’d gotten up at 5am, worked all day, driven straight to Jasper, set up, sound checked and then immediately started the performance. 

The reception we got and the kindness we received made it all worth while.

1 comment

  • Margie


    Thank you to you two people for being empathic and generous. :-)

    Thank you to you two people for being empathic and generous. :-)

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