Monday Morning~ 9 A.M.

The First time I met Sting he was kicking the Crap out of a Stage Monitor as he was angry….His Mix wasn’t what he Wanted and he was a Young Man, having recently found Fame as a member of the “Police”. We were at the Hartford Civic Center and at that time I was working with the Moody Blues, the Headliners.

First Impressions tend to stay with us and the sight of him Destroying that speaker cabinet stayed with me for quite some time…close to a Decade in fact.  I liked the Music he made and the way he played….but I didn’t Trust him because in MY Mind I knew he had a Short Fuse and a Nasty Temper. I Judged one Man on a 30 Second Span of his Actions in Time.

The Years went by and Time Changes us however.  My next meeting with him occurred on 9/10/2001.  That date is now curling around in your mind and some are trying to place it…..For me, it was a night of Celebration…..as it was for Sting and many others attending various Musical Functions…..none of us knowing that in just a few short hours…..the Entire World would Change…..Forever.

Sting ended up becoming one of my Very Favorite People…..an Intense Artist and a Gifted Singer / Songwriter….a Bass Player, a Hopeless Romantic and one who Knows who and what he is. If you listen to this Song as I do, you might find yourself doing some rather deep thinking….especially if you hear the Words accurately.  I see Myself in almost every phrase of this Song because Time has Changed me just as it has him…and Probably You….and while I see the World with Different Eyes than I had in the 80’s, a large part of MY Change has to do with HIS Music.  While I certainly don’t view him as a Prophet, ……years before it actually happened he nailed one “Vision” with a 1,000 pound Hammer…… Our Politicians being “Game Show Hosts.”

Change, while not always what we want or Expect, is Part of our Lives……and although I try to Flow with it as best I can, there are now Days when EYE want to kick in a Speaker or a Screen. Why? 🎩 🍎 🎧   #frustration  #rednecks  #greed  #manipulation #ignorance

When is being “TOO Careful” Correct?

Being Male is becoming more and more Difficult. 😦

The pic you see below is the reason I stopped “Supporting Female Artists” on Instagram…..actually, why I stopped posting AT ALL on Instagram. If Jodi were the first one that I wasted my time on it’d be an entirely different story and I certainly don’t blame her for the End Result, but as you’ll hear me say HUNDREDS of times, “Google is a Wonderful Source of Information”.  You can find a Phony in Seconds with the click of a single button. If the ONLY place you find them is on Facebook, Alarms should go off in your head. You can also Confirm that someone is legit.

Jodi is an amateur photographer and her pics were nothing short of Wonderful. While not Brilliant, they were well on that track so I did what I’ve been doing for years; I posted a short “bit” on her, asked that a couple of my friends who are well connected in the photography and publication business check out her work and as so many pros are quitting Facebook AND Instagram, I posted on her Twitter page as well. I made very sure to LIKE the pic of her and her Boyfriend, always a righteous Concern of any Woman who’s being hammered by Classless Pigs on Social Media since Trump made that particular format not only popular but also “OK” in the minds of MANY Men.

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Being VERY Clear, I wrote or did absolutely nothing the least bit Weird of threatening. In fact, I have a long list of Female Artists who’ve written to me, both thanking me and asking me to “Feature them”. I never “Feature” anyone. Feature is another word for Bullshit….quite similar to actually BUYING friends and Followers on Social Media…..or “Following” someone, waiting for them to “Follow You” back…..and then “Unfollowing” them so you have numbers which YOU think make you look Famous. Marketing people like myself see RIGHT THROUGH that bullshit. Anyone who thinks that way is an absolute Moron….a Dope….an Idiot.

To Wrap things up, I called in some Bigshots to take a look at Jodi’s work. Two of them, both quite capable of getting Jodi’s work published, did….and one very dear friend made an acute observation.  “Rich, you DO know that Jodi has you blocked, yes?” I did not. My Bad.  While a bit embarrassing for me it’s not the first time that being a Nice Guy has ended up with Me chewing heartily on a Mouthful of Crow…..and it probably won’t be the last. While Blocking me may have made perfect sense to Jodi….for whatever the Reason, we both lose. I look bad in front of business associates….and, in the words of the Soup Nazi…..”Sorry Jodi, No Soup for You!”  Am I Angry?  Nope.  Disappointed.

When  I was on Facebook, long a thing of the past for any sensible and informed humanoid,  I had 5003 friends….and 4 thousand and some odd other people Blocked….mostly for being Gun Toters, Men with Female Profiles (much bigger than you can imagine) or for blatantly harassing Women.  Might some of those I Blocked been purely innocent and I miscalculated or caught them on a bad day?  Perhaps…..we’ll never know…will we?

Bass-ically Yours,
Rich Briere

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I’m Overwhelmed….and Humbled. ❤️

I owe MANY people an apology of sorts. When I began posting here on WordPress just a couple of weeks ago I expected that the response to my posts would be the same as on Instagram and Twitter….Non-Existant. Instead, I’m going to have to get a bigger Mailbox.  I promise, as I get to know what these buttons do, I’ll try to Connect with all of you who’ve been so kind as to send me the Notes that you have. Until I can figure them out, I ask for your patience. 🎩 🍎

Having said that, I’m fully aware that 20% of you are going to turn out to be Creepy, usually Men wearing a Woman’s Profile, and another 20% will be trying to sell me something that Nobody wants or needs.  I don’t say those words as a way to “dis” anyone….cuz as you’ll discover, I simply say what I feel…..I use my own name on EVERYTHING that I write, no exceptions, and there are some topics that I’m simply unable and unwilling to answer if they hit areas I’m not comfortable with.

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As an example, MANY of the notes I receive are asking about my Days at Fender Musical Instruments. Yes, I’m that guy…..and Yes, I enjoyed much of what I did there, Worked hard for Every Award that I was presented, and I received many…by refusing to follow the “Rule Book”…..but imagine if you will that you spent a large part of your life working for “Dunkin’ Donuts”….. Would you want to spend your “Golden Years” talking about “Dunkin’ Donuts”?  I didn’t think so. I’m ALWAYS more than happy to share what I recall about “RB Classics”…..my stuff from the Custom Shop.  🍎 🤔

Having said that, should you wish to discuss Michael Tobias Design aka “MTD” or “Ernie Ball/Music Man”, I’m all ears. Hofner is also biggie for me as well…..McCartney is still “My Guy”….so that’s to be expected. I ADORE Rickenbacker as well……but if you’re one of those RIC owners who still has the American Flag decal on your RIC, I’ll make fun of you …Mercilessly…..and do so in front of your Friends. I simply can’t help myself.IMG_5863.jpg

I’ll hit one other point here and then let you go.  I’m OFTEN accused by people who don’t know a THING about me as being “Sexist”. I’ve never figured that out but those doing the accusing usually refer to the pictures I post and my favorite quote of all time is this:  “Rich, you never post pictures of Ugly Women.” ….. and then the Sender of said note/DM Blocked me.  I’m fine with that cuz I’ve never met an “Ugly Woman”. When God made us She made Women in her Image and then made Men out of the Spare Parts she had laying around and using an Etch-a-Sketch as her drawing board.  I suspect that the board hit the floor a couple of times as She laughed hysterically, drawing a Male making love to his partner while still wearing Shoes and Socks. To be fair, she stuck Women with the need to purchase every pair of Shoes they can Find. I’ve never understood that either. 👠

I was working for a Bass Amp company for a VERY Short time and was sitting in a Sales Meeting, my first with them, and witnessed a soon-to-be-released advertisement presentation showing a scantily clad woman sitting seductively on a Speaker Cabinet as a Male Bass Player did his thing. The message was Clear. Men do the Playing and Women have the Orgasms while melting on the Vibrating Cabinet. It was the most disgusting thing I’d ever seen in the Music Industry…..and I’ve seen MANY…so I closed my briefcase, told those in attendance that they would fail as a Company within a year (they did) and I walked out. I’ve often been embarrassed to be a Male…..and to SEE what Men will write to a Woman…Online. Let’s be Clear….the NUMBER of Rude Men was shrinking ….until Trump made it Cool to be a “Public Pig”….now it’s rising again.  I Support Women in Music….. and in Life. Sexist?  I think Not. You’ll form your own opinions as you get to know me….as will I…concerning you.  ❤️

Who’s this?  @GretchenMenn  One of the most Talented Guitar Players on the Planet….. and what’s she playing?  A MusicMan guitar.  Do I adore her?  I do.  Why?  Cuz she’s Amazingly Kind….as well as Blazingly Talented. b1747533-cc29-407d-84a3-947ceababe11.jpg

Bottom Line:  That Video up top. Did you give it a Look and a Listen?  If not, please do. I just found this and haven’t been able to connect with the Singer…..but if we were to apply a few Suggestions I think She could be a Monster.  ☕️

Bass-ically Yours,
Rich Briere  🎩  🍎

This WordPress thing is Pretty Intense.

Well, nice to meet you Catherine, Katie, Elizabeth, John, Paul, George and Ringo. 🎩 🍎  It was nice to receive your note last night. I’m NEW to the WordPress thing…a recent Convert from the “World according to Zuckerberg”….so kindly excuse my mistakes made as a “Newbie” learning the Ropes of Blogging here on WordPress

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If I may, you’re not a Screw-up. We need to work on that one Straight Away. Low self esteem comes hand in hand with Clinical Depression….something far different than “Being Depressed”…or “Feeling Blue”. The biggest hurdle I’ve found is that the vast majority of “Normal People” think those two things are one in the same when, in fact, they’re as different as experiencing a mild headache and having your leg amputated with a dull chain saw. There are slight differences between those two things….. I’m fairly certain of that.

If I may, this worked for me……

 

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#1. Turn OFF your American Television shows. and stop the friggin’ Texting 24×7. They’re both addictions and designed for people with an IQ of 20 points and below. How do you know if your a “Mindless Moron trapped by American Programming”?  If you can watch an entire Episode of “NCIS”, you’re a Moron and need immediate intervention. 🙂 You’ll Love yourself Forever after that first day you kick those habits. 🎩 Try British Television and Netflix instead. Think of your mind as a muscle…..it needs to be used…..or it dries up like a Prune.

#2. This next one is MUCH bigger than I expected and comes in two parts.

A: Get off the pharmaceuticals…..You know….all those drugs advertised on Television as “Side Effects which include thoughts of Suicide”. “Suicide” and “Thoughts” are the two key words there.

B: Stop drinking Soda/Pop/Caffeine That’s HUGE in getting control of your mind back.

I quit pharma and drinking 4 liters of Coke EVERY DAY ….on the same day. I called my Doc, told him what I was doing and he STRONGLY advised against it…but he knew there was no stopping me and stayed by my side during withdrawal. Said withdrawal was quite similar to living in a bad episode of the Twilight Zone for almost two weeks. Is pain involved? Nope. Just Creaking sounds in your head as your Mind readjusts. Be not afraid. 🍎 It soon gets better. …. and once it begins to get better, it just keeps rolling.  Please decide on a single “name”…preferably your own…or a “Pen Name”…. if there are consequences to using your own….but know who and what you are.  Have a purpose in life.  YOUR purpose….not someone else’s.  🎩  🍎

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Life: Before and After Meds.

So here’s one of those posts which, 5 minutes after I post it, …I’ll wish I hadn’t.  Ready?

I had a stroke awhile back and was immediately put on about a dozen meds…..In a imagesrelatively short period of time my personality changed…..My Creativity was gone and I was incapable of expressing Emotion. ….  cuz I simply didn’t HAVE any Emotion.  Tears were a thing of the past. I didn’t KNOW that they were gone……cuz the Anti-depressants  and other Fun-Pharmas kept a tight lid on what my Mind would allow. I had Dreams that would cause Stephen King to Shit himself……and I had them every night. In other words…..I was becoming a Zombie without a Clue. Then I smashed my BACK to pieces. Aging Sucks……so I now ignore it.  ❤ ❤   YOU can get old if you’d like…..but I’m NOT going with you.

Why am I telling you this?  Cuz I just read the report on how many Americans eat pills like Candy……and Now Heroin has become HUGE with our / your kids.

So…..shortly after quitting Coca-Cola (2 2-litre bottles a day) and all soft drinks)…..and going through the withdrawal (and trust me….there is one when you quit Caffeine), I consulted one of the most brilliant medical minds in the Country on how to take the next Step.

Me:  I can’t take this anymore……this shit is killing me. I’m not going to take another pill.

Doc:  If you go Cold Turkey…..You’ll Die. No Joke. You’ll Die.

Me: Death wasn’t really something I was looking forward to…..but neither is living to be 85 and wearing diapers.

Doc:  OK…..Here’s the plan. In 2 months, you’ll be clean.

images-1Results after following “The Plan:  I’m clean…..have been for a couple of months now. Life has never been better. I sleep like a baby…..eat too much pizza…..but….My Mind has returned. My Music is better. My “Essential shakes” have disappeared…..and, get this, I CRY when I watch sad movies!!!  Holy Crap!!! Where did THAT come from!!??

There’s a Reason why. In TV Commercials, they repeat the symptoms you could “Experience” while distracting you with film of folks having a Great Time. Naked in a Bath tub…Holding Hands!  If you HEAR the same message time after time the message means NOTHING to you…..What you SEE takes over…..and you no longer think the Symptoms “Including Death”…..could happen to you. Guess what?  They Can….and they Do. So….Ask YOUR Doctor if LIVING is Right for You.

Do yourself a Favor…..Get a Second Opinion. ….. and a third if need be….cuz Big Pharma sends some Doctors on Nice Vacations if they keep selling “Lots of Product”.   STRONGLY consider getting off of that shit…cuz it WILL kill you. Your Mind is a Terrible thing to Waste.

My thanks to my 3 Docs, none of whom knew one another, who had a phone conference…..and especially my Neurologist who called me at home at 10 P.M that night and talked to me for more than an Hour.

Bottom Line.  You’re NOT Nuts……but Pills take over your Body AND your Mind and they CHANGE You. Consider getting Yourself back……Does it suck for a couple of weeks?  Yup……then you Spread your Wings and you Fly…. like a Friggin’ Eagle. You’re a Champion……cuz Mother Nature made you one.

Good Luck.  Rich Briere.

images-2.jpegFootnote:  I’m not a Doctor nor do I play one on TV…..but in the Department of “Everything Happens for a Reason”…..I’d like to thank Several folks and your names will appear in the Comments below so as not to cause you to remove Tags……but a Special Thanks to the entire Porcaro Family…..because, with Love and Respect to all of you, your Losses gave me back MY Life.  I owe each of you in a HUGE Way.

The Players on this Tune got me through my Darkest Days during my Withdrawal….not the Message… as Much as the Guys Delivering it…….  Love and Peace to All. ❤ ❤ ❤

Life is Bassilicious…….  Rich Briere

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