You might have noticed I’ve been a little quiet lately and the reason is that I was honoured to be playing bass for GANGgajang at the “Adelaide Salutes Chris Bailey” concert at the Thebarton Thestre last night.
Because of this I’ve been head down and bum up learning the songs over the past three weeks or so to ensure that I do justice to Chris Bailey’s bass lines.
Well last night went off and all of the homework had paid off.
The Thebby was packed to the brim, and GANGgajang and the rest of the who’s who of the Australian Live Music Industry played to an inch of their lives for Chris who was the bass player for The Angels and GANGgajang and a much loved human being.
(I’m on the right)
Even though I’ve never met Chris personally I got a glimpse into the type of person and musician Chris was through studying his bass lines, listening to how his bandmates and his friends speak of him plus, the physical feeling of all the love from the audience at the show.
On waking up this morning I noticed that last night’s experience has changed me in a way that I can’t explain as yet but I know I’ve proven to myself that through sheer persistence and determination, I can work my ass off, rise up to a challenge and kick it.
My job last night was to honour Chris Bailey’s memory and uphold his bass playing legacy and from all the feedback I got last night, the job was done.
Vale Chris Bailey, you will be forever missed.