Twitter and Instagram get Zapped

I don’t know why I stayed on Twitter and Instagram as long as I did.  I suppose, like many of us, I kept hoping that they’d suddenly matter…..but they never did.  Oddly enuff, I get far better responses from Google+ , a site where I don’t speak the same language that my best friends do, than I did from Twitter or Instagram ….. and I’ve long known that anyone who still has a Facebook account after all the information that’s been made public about Facebook SERIOUSLY needs to get their head examined.

History won’t be kind to “Social Media”…..or to Smartphone addiction.  I’ll continue to Like what I Like…..and to Write what I Write……and now, after my recent Cataract Surgery, I can finally See again…..so I’m able to appreciate my Photography as much as my Music.  I’m fortunate…..a Lucky Man indeed.  Life gets better by the Day.  🍎

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A Kiss in the Wind

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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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When Life becomes too “Techno”…….

We Make Choices in Life …….. We can Choose to Relax and Enjoy ……or we can Choose to be Sucked into the Mayhem.  My Observations tell me that the Suckage is Clearly Winning.  Where’s Your Phone right Now?  🍎

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You’ve left home without your Phone……

You’re 30 minutes from home and you realize that your phone…your Blessed Companion …is sitting at home on your desk.  What do you do?  Right this second, and as you read those words, your Heart begins to pick up the tempo just a bit. You can’t help it cuz your phone has programmed you to freak when you get too far away from it. We’ve reached the point in our lives where, before you go to the Bathroom, you look around to bring your phone with you…”Just in Case”. It’s subconscious.

How exactly did we get here?  What is it about our tiny friend which DEMANDS that it be by our side every second of every day?  It’s very similar to Linus and his Blanket……or Charlie Brown and his Never-ending Book of Dreams.

I mentioned the Bathroom scene after seeing a report from Verizon stating that in the United States alone over 7,500 devices EACH YEAR somehow end their lives by way of “Drowning”…in a Toilet Bowl….by Accident.

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The first time I left my iPhone on my desk I was late for a VERY important gig and turning around to get it was NOT an option. I’ll admit that I was uncomfortable for at least a half hour and would unconsciously reach into my pocket…while driving…to check my messages. At one point I began to “LOL” as I realized what I was doing and I had to Force myself to settle down. Then a funny thing happened… I became strangely Calm.

Don’t get the wrong idea here as I actually USE my phone very little. I entered the Smart phone world with a Galaxy 3 and almost never used it. I had my iPhone 6 for years and as my sight was rapidly diminishing the phone became a bit of a problem because I couldn’t see the screen well… but was in PERFECT working order when the ad came out for the iPhone Plus…..in RED!  I actually used my diminishing sight as the rationalization for NEEDING the New phone and purchased the Clear Otterbox, the one that slides off of the seat of my car at the mere tap of the brake peddle, just so I could see Big Red.

I’ve not once ever put the phone in my back pocket as I see so many do. That seems a bit dangerous and MOST disrespectful to me so it lives in the pocket of my Denim jacket…. the jacket I wear even when it’s 110 degrees in the shade.

The Camera is Spectacular and  when going to a Shoot I’ll often use it along with my Nikon cuz it’s faster to grab the iPhone than it is to change lenses. 958c36291dc2e8e-a-nw-p.jpg

The application I TRULY enjoy about Smart Phones is Google Maps. It makes me wonder how I ever actually arrived at a destination before although I do CLEARLY recall opening a gigantic magazine-like printed book and trying to figure out where we were on MANY occasions. It’s much nicer listening to this Woman tell me that there’s JUST been an accident 2 miles ahead and she’s Re-routing me so I should get into the right Exit lane and exit the highway right Now!  How cool is that.

And speaking of Speaking, Siri is the Woman you see just to the left. She’s English, well mannered, drinks Oregon Chai and always ready to be called into action with a mere mention of her name.  However, being the realist that I am, I test her constantly…..just to see if she’s listening. Anyone who thinks that their phone doesn’t listen to you just for the fun of it is a Total Dreamer. If I’m with someone and the conversation is “Private”, my phone is shut down….as is any other phone in close proximity. Paranoid?  Nope.  Safe.

Bottom Line.  My phone sits right next to my Keys and I’ve now become quite comfortable grabbing said keys and leaving Red right where it sits…..and leaving the Loft for an entire day without missing it a bit……Why?  Because I can.  🎩  🍎  ❤️

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Marriage? Not until you’re 30 ! 🍎

Some Couples marry before the Age of 30. IMHO this is a really bad move. Why?  Between the Ages of 12 and 30 I learned many things. You learned many things, I’m sure.  One of the things I DIDN’T learn…..was whatever is contained in this Box actually Does for a Living. I’m stumped.  Is it used for Recording?  Is it a photographic device of some kind? Why am I opening this box? I’ll only end up being disappointed in myself…in my MANY Shortcomings…People will laugh and that will bring on Mountains of Sadness. I wonder if “Prince Harry” knows what this contraption is?  #iampathetic   🎩

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For those who were helping me find out who this Songbird is, I remain Sonically Stumped. @nicole kehl   Where are you?

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Three of the Emails which arrived in the past 30 minutes asked which bass, if I could have only One, (now THAT’S a Silly Thought~ One Bass!? ) would I be playing. I’ve long known the answer to that. A Shiny Quarter to the first person who can tell me what it is.

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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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