Still. Life.

02024-04-23 | Jon Gagan, Music, Recording, Santa Fe | 5 comments

Jon released a new album and I am loving it. For years I have been telling everyone willing to listen (Ha! that probably means you can find it on this blog somewhere) that the best thing that could possibly come out of this era of musicians getting squeezed by Silicon Valley would be that they make the music they want to make… because when it’s not likely that we can make money, we might as well make something that we want to hear… without considering what an audience might want or how to promote a song for radio etc.etc…

This album is 100% Jon Gagan. He even took the photo himself! You absolutely do not have to be a bass player or bass aficionado to enjoy these pieces! Play these tracks and read what he wrote about the recording. I think you will agree, it absolutely lovely. 

Still. Life. is a collection of sketches that were done on electric bass between 2020 and 2024.

With each piece, I began by simply recording whatever came to me in the moment. I would then overdub another bass part or two and in some cases add Rhodes or percussion, often using the bass as a percussion instrument or source of a sound effect.

During the shutdown in 2020, my daily rhythm became one of waking up at 2:00 or 3:00 in the morning and playing bass in the studio until the sun came up. I kept something of this habit in subsequent years, and Still. Life. was recorded during this time of day.
With the work having been done in the pre dawn hours it didn’t surprise me when I noticed a certain calm quality emerge as a theme from piece to piece. Without planning it, I realized I had been able to express the feeling of unhurriedness that was emblematic of the pause in the rush of modern life for me.

5 Comments

  1. Dean

    Thanks for the tip OL. I have appreciated Jon’s base playing for a number of years. Immediate purchase and download. Am enjoying as I type.

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    • ottmar

      Excellent. I am sure you enjoyed the entire album!

      Reply
  2. Steve

    >You absolutely do not have to be a bass player or bass aficionado to enjoy these pieces!

    ,,, But if you ARE a bass player the enjoyment would all the more enhanced … simply by immersing oneself in the pure bass joy that is Jon Gagan’s playing ?

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    • ottmar

      Why the question mark at the end of that statement, Steve? You know you will dig it. Immerse yourself in the bass joy! :-)
      But seriously, they should use this album to teach the kids at Berklee College of music!

      Reply
      • Steve

        I got it … it is on continuous play for walks to/from campus .,..

        Reply

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