Bass Yourself!

I finally finished the first draft of Catwalk Crochet over the weekend, so now feel like I can take a few moments to bask in the glow of awesomeness, that is my new bass guitar. *holding for basking*

I’ve been wanting to learn how to play for something like 15 years and now that my sweet husband surprised me at Christmas with this beauty, I have little to no excuse for letting another year go by without at least trying.  Excuse me as I geek out a bit about it:  she’s a Fender Jaguar with chrome detailing, a mint pick guard and mother of pearl (heh, I accidently typed purl at first) inlays.   Originally owned by The Skunks Jesse Sublett, a predominant figure in the establishment of the Austin live music and punk scenes, this bass has a great vibe about it.  Jesse also played in studio with Patty Smith, has written several novels and has a really remarkable story  of living for almost 15 years with stage four cancer. Anyway, you can tell that it was played by someone who loved and babied it, and I plan to continue the tradition.  
Dave took hot-chick-sprawled-on the hood of a-Trans Am equivalent photos of the bass laid out on our deep purple bedspread.  Those photos alas, seem to be currently MIA–most likely lost in the great mother&*^%board crash of ’07.  That said, these will have to do.

For those of you who listened to the last episode of my podcast with guest Kelley Deal, you heard her teasing me mercilessly about making me perform for her and her sister Kim (formerly of The Pixies) while The Breeders are in Austin in March for SXSW.  She challenged me to either learn Gigantic or Cannonball by then, so she could test me.    If that isn’t stress-inducing motivation, I don’t know what is!  I’ve been so focused on finishing the book though, that I’ve only practiced a bit.  I have the notes down for Gigantic, but not so much the pace yet. Wish me luck!  Guitar Gods know, I’m gonna need it!

Thank you for listening.  You may now return to your regularly scheduled crafting.

7 Responses to “Bass Yourself!”

  1. Edie

    Congrats! It’s a beauty!

    The closest I’ve gotten to playing a guitar is Guitar Hero and I don’t think that counts. 🙂

  2. Robyn

    Congradulations on finishing the book! That must feel great to have one huge thing crossed off your list. Hope the photography and editing go smoothly for you. Can’t wait to see the finished book.

  3. V

    Hi Vickie!

    I just want to say congrats on your new bass guitar. It’s awesome! I bought a Fender guitar last year and I’m ashamed to admit that I have not kept up with practicing. Looks like I’m going to have to get back into it to keep up.

    Good luck! and Happy New year.

  4. Meredith

    Awesome new bass, Vickie!!

    This is very off-topic of me, but your posts about knitwear in movies made me think of the latest movie I saw, Juno (in theaters now). Nothing about the knitting stood out for me, but it was still an amazing movie and had quite possibly my favorite movie soundtrack I’ve heard in a long time. (Your Rock yarns pretty much sum up my music collection, so I’m thinking maybe you’d like it too?)
    Just a suggestion 🙂

  5. Brianna

    Congratulations, Vickie, on the new guitar! It’s breathtaking.

    I myself was never much a guitar player, but I loved being serenaded with one. Ha!

    I also have to give you another nod of congratulations about finishing the new book. The fact that it’s a crochet one makes me proud, and I can’t wait to get my hands on it.

    Speaking of–what’s a girl got to do to maybe/possibly/i’ll-beg-if-i-have-to get her hands on a copy early to, oh, I don’t know, review it on her website and podcast…?

    Hope you’re well!