Monday, August 4, 2008

First Love Last Love

I got a late call from CTB, the first and last love, tonight. He's been reading my blog and wanted to talk. There is almost always some small favor he wants, but I'm still willing. You know what they say about that first love--it's always with you.

He is a great musician. He used to play jazz bass. It was when he was first becoming a bass player that I fell in love with him. Acoustic bass is a very sexy instrument--shaped like a woman and held in a full bodied embrace. Then he switched to electric bass and started playing country music in the western version of a honky-tonk, or as I called them, toilets. He drank too much in those days and his friends were not all that interesting. The charm wore thin. But the love remained.

Now he plays guitar. He is working toward virtuosity--not that tough for him. He can play any instrument. Tonight he recommended his new guitarist obsession. A man named Pierre Bensusan. So, for CTB and the rest of us, here is a little Pierre Bensusan

11 comments:

Randal Graves said...

Holy shit, is this dude good. I've got to find this guy's albums. What ridiculously beautiful stuff.

The first love is like the first stone. The building may change, be altered, have new wings added, be destroyed, but that first stone laid down is always going to be there, whether its holding up something solid, or buried under rubble.

Utah Savage said...

Nicely put, Randal. Glad you like his taste in music. CTB used to play for for hours. Sounded a lot like that.

Dusty said...

Love it!!! I listened whilst I trolled through your other posts.

Thank you sweet woman! ;)

DivaJood said...

Ah, Randal, well said. First love, or great love - and now I'm sad again.

DCup said...

That's really lovely music. I've never forgotten my first love. I wonder if he's forgotten me.

Utah Savage said...

Dcup, who could forget you?

Ghost Dansing said...

Pierre Bensusan has a reputation as something of an innovator in the field of solo acoustic guitar, including his use of the DADGAD(EADGBE is typical)tuning system, and his experimentation with electronics such as delays, distortions and volume pedals, which have been largely abandoned on recent tours.

Stylistically, his playing exhibits remarkable dynamics and tone control, usually to be found only in the playing of high-profile classical guitarists.

The sophisticated, highly syncopated bass lines incorporated into his counterpoint arrangements also set him apart from the main host of contemporary fingerstyle players.
Chant de Nuit

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Utah Savage said...

Thank you Ghost. Too bad CTB can't comment. He love having this discussion with you. He just paid &300. to go to a concert. I haven't heard him speak so enthusiastically about a musician since last year when it was a Fado singer.

Mauigirl said...

Excellent guitar playing.

I love the idea of first love as a stone in a building, Randal. A great analogy.

Utah, what fado singer was CTB talking about last year? Just curious as fado is a favorite of mine. We went to see Mariza perform at Carnegie Hall when she was there. An amazing performer, and what a voice!

Utah Savage said...

Maui, Mariza It was. He saw her in LA. He flew to the states from Costa Rica just to see her.