‘I’ve been to the Year 3000,’ (and back again) BASS MANIA!

Drama and Music, Journal

When my singing teacher joked, “You’ve played the keyboard in videos now, you should play the bass next time!” I allowed myself a giggle.

Me? A bass player? The idea was ludicrous; a notion for a comedy show…. and yet….

The next evening, Dad suggested that I try his out. It took me five minutes for my fingers to get adjusted, (and lots of ‘oh come on, you….!) but with a little practise, I was able to pluck the strings for the first time. It felt right. It felt secure, like I had made a new friend already, but wasn’t sure how our relationship was going to develop. All I knew was that I wanted to keep playing it.

Watching ‘Austin and Ally’ on Disney +, I saw that Ross Lynch was using the bass that Dad had (the exact model I was rehearsing with!) This, naturally, made my night.

Dad’s bass matches…..

During the next week, I learnt my first strumming set, ‘Valerie’ by Amy Winehouse. It took a long time for me to be able to sing along with the notes, but I managed with dedication!

I began to work out some other songs on my own just to test out what I could do, and – as the title of this entry implies – one of those songs was ‘Year 3000’ by Busted. I was so happy that I could play it that I even did a live video, tagging James Bourne on Twitter. I don’t think he saw it, but I tried and that’s the main thing.

Over the next few days, I started researching basses that I could get. Now, I’m notorious for trying an instrument and giving it up (cough, the piano, the saxophone,) so before I decided to purchase a bass, I made sure that it was something I really wanted to learn.

It was as though another glittery realm had opened for me, words such as ‘Humducker’, ‘Squier’ ‘Fender’ etc. I quickly learnt – through extensive, obsessive research – that Matt Jay Willis from ‘Busted’ plays the bass. His is a Mustang Fender Squier; a cream and golden-brown marble design.

I wanted one…. and after looking up and comparing and watching review youtube videos, I eventually bought the same make, but in a surf green.

Other artists to have this particular brand include: Mikey Way from ‘My Chemical Romance,’ Norah Jones, Billy Joe ‘Green Day’ and a host of other famous musicians that made a personal stamp on my childhood. As I never really grow up, they still have a huge impact.

When my Mustang bass arrived, the delivery box was bigger than two of me…. It was like a huge Christmas gift, just – six months early – and given how much rubbish I’ve been through already this year, I honestly thought that this treat was warranted.

It was worth it. I love it. I love everything about it, the brand, the colour, the sound, the way that I feel ‘cool’ playing it. This is a massive deal, as I’ve always longed to be part of the in crowd and now I am.

The songs I would like to perfect are:

‘Year 3000‘, (Busted) ‘For all I know,‘ (Keane) and ‘Possibilities‘ (Freddie Stroma in ‘A Cinderella Story: Once Upon A Song’ 🙂 ‘Valerie’ is also another number to go over, as Dad and I hope to gig with that one locally, and also I want to do ‘Life on Mars‘ and ‘Baba O’ Riley’ (The Who) These are both on the Life on Mars soundtrack!

When I start improving, and I’m able to play easily, I’m going to try writing a song. At the moment, I want to get my fingers used to jumping around the strings, and making a much more interesting, versatile sound, now that I’ve become more at home playing it.

I will update you on how I do! My singing has also improved too…. for years, I struggled with nasal parts in my voice, and it’s almost gone, so that made me happy.

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I must think of a name for him, but nothing has come to mind yet!

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