MR. G AND LARRY JAMS 2014-2017
These are really rough recordings. They were meant as a way for me to digitally capture my efforts to learn how to write songs, learn new instruments, learn how to sing, learn how to use different effects, etc. Mr. G and I started out playing music together at the high school we teach at. When we first met, I played upright bass, a little bit of guitar, and really couldn't sing at all. I had played upright bass in VA for 6 years and my background in music was Old time music (Jugbusters), a little bluegrass (Spooky legs), honky tonk (Paul Clark and the Lonesome Drifters, and folk rock (The Jackass Menagerie and Uncle Larry).
Mr. G on the other hand was heavy into classic rock and roll, particularly heavier rock bands like Rush and The Who. We were definitely coming from two totally different worlds. But, we wanted to learn how to play different instruments and we both wanted a place to play our own tunes, so we joined forces and began exploring writing and playing new musical instruments as a duo in my unfinished basement. I bought a drumset and then added a few mics and speakers.
Eventually, we found another teacher who could sing and played acoustic guitar (Ryan Fitzpatrick). He joined us and soon enough we were on our way to learning and playing "music" together. Within the next few years, I had a full blown studio down there. These recordings represent our journey as musicians and friends. The recordings really are very rough, but it's fun to listen back to the beginnings of me and G learning how to play drums and electric guitar and learning to jam with Ry.