HARD-ROCK AND HARD-BLUES HAVE AN EMPATHY? YES I GUES...
Hi folks! Hey you got me, oooh yeaaah!!! I play hard-rock, r&b and melodic music with my Samick 4 strings bass, and Heaven And Hell I had the immense pleasure of playing with a rock trio I played in Rio de Janeiro, where I was born and live. The melodic changes of this song provokes an excitement, really different from just everything I met in setlists and rehearsals. I am very involved with the tonal aspect of electric bass: you know, Jack Bruce/Billy Sheehan/Marcus Miller/Stanley Clarke/Glenn Hughes' type of soloings, but Geezer Butler, with his powerful tone and wild finger tapping over the strings is, visually, very impactant. Yeah, but Ozzy Osbourne was always The Feature onstage, and I think that he created such a style of singing that made an interesting counterbalance to Black Sabbath and heavy metal/hard-rock's costumarily frantic extended guitar/bass solos; I mean, in a way, Osbourne pushes the motivation on his backup musicians (bass, guitar) and they really blow it all away, as jazz trumpet and sax players use to push the drummer's accents on cymbals, high-hats, etcetera.
I was a young Sabbath and Ozzy's fan. My older brother had bought so many Black Sabbath, ELP and Cream's records, and Moody Blues, Jefferson Starship and Ted Nugent records; my uncle had this magnificent house in Teresópolis, a warm, small 'resort' city on the mountains, over one hour by car far from Rio's downtown. It had the ideal, zen vibe for one to develop his 'musical tastes' and I, as a 12 years kid, maybe going to 14, discovered this wonderful world. The turntable was an old Garrard one, the big size type, and I become a bass player at 16 years old (I'm 46 now).
But what am I trying to tell with so many things? Simply that I have been accompanying hard-rock scene since then, more than anythingh else, and that the impact of a fresh new music is still a reality in our daily lives, and hard-rock is fresher than hip-hop or other modern styles. It has the verve to experimentation, and nothing can kill this feel.
We all hope seeing Ozzy Osbourne in Brazil as soon as he can; meanwhile, his music and live and studio cds and dvds is enough compensation for the lack of substantially better music world wide!
A happy 2008 for you all,
Ozzy Osbourne and family,
Carlos Bill, bass player, eventually sings, composer.