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Joe Jackson Concert

Wednesday, May 14, 2008

Last week I had the great good fortune to attend Joe Jackson's Portland show.  I've been a huge fan of his for years, and also a fan of his long time bass player, Graham Maby.  It was a masterful evening of music, a great mix of old and new, simply piano, bass and drums.  One of the coolest things that Jackson has pulled off over the years are the reinterpretation of his own songs, taking old, familiar songs and reworking them into new form.  It was great to be able to watch and hear three musicians who've played together for over two decades.  There were plenty of musical inside jokes going on, and fun misdirections from expected, familiar parts of old songs.  

Post show I had the chance to meet Graham Maby,  who, besides being a tremendous player, is also a really nice and kind guy. And while I kept my cool,  I'd be lying if I said that I wasn't totally digging meeting a guy who has been a  bass guitar hero of mine for the past 25 years.  My inner geeky fan was all ready to break out into fawning adulation which I take to be a good sign.  There was a period of time a few years back where I was a bit burned out on the music biz, and I'd lost some of that passion for music and the musicians that I admire and revere.   But at this point I don't take that admiration or the power of music to move us for granted.

updated: 9 years ago