Gerald's Musick Exploits

When I lived in Argentina my parents hired a man to teach me to play the classical guitar. More than the lessons he offered, I enjoyed experimenting with the different sounds and pretty soon I began to pick up songs that my parents listened to. The classes were interrupted by my family's expatriation to the US in 1968. When I got here playing the guitar was the last thing on my mind, and learning the language so I could fit in school became a priority.

It wasn't until I was in the 7th grade when I heard Jaco Pastorius for the first time and I just had to try the bass. I bugged my parents until they finally gave in and bought me an old, used hollow body bass that I had seen hanging in a pawn shop in North Hollywood. The bass looked nice, played nice, and since it was hollow it could be played without an amplifier, but it was horribly hard to control the feedback  when plugged in. Hollow body basses tend to resonate and vibrate all over the place. I bugged the parents once more, and my mom bought me a brand new Fender Musicmaster bass. I listened to carefully to John Paul Jones of Led Zeppelin, Billy Sheehan from Talas and others who were revolutionizing the use of the bass and making it more of an integral part of the music rather than a background instrument. Some of my favorite bands when I was a teen included BTO, Talas, Aerosmith, Black Sabbath, Deep PurpleGrand Funk Railroad, The Guess Who, John Lennon, Queen, The Who, David Bowie, etc...

In my late teens I discovered progressive rock in the form of King Crimson, Yes, Kansas, Genesis, Jethro Tull, Pink Floyd, Dixie Dregs, Emerson, Lake and Palmer, Rush, and my all time favorite: Marillion. I was hooked and it became apparent to me that I needed to learn more music theory. I signed up for lessons at a music Store in North Hollywood called Musonia School of Music and it was there that I met Randy Rhodes. I learned music theory from him and began to visit the popular Hollywood nightclubs at the time to watch Randy play with Quiet Riot.

Concurrent with my newly found love of progressive metal, I began listening to some of the more melodic and imaginative bands from what was then a true underground alternative musical movement: Joy Division, Bauhaus, The Cure, The Knack, The Police, The Motels, Oingo Boingo, Siouxsie & the Banshees, Cocteau Twins, Dead Can Dance, Concrete Blonde, Human League, This Mortal Coil, Sisters of Mercy, Clan of Xymox, The Cult, etc...

II wish that some of my recordings from my prog and new wave years survived today, as I feel that those songs were exemplary of some of my best playing and song writing, but all of it was lost to the Portland flood of 1993.

Names of the bands I started or played in while living in Los Angeles were:

Angeles (Rock 1978-1979)
Ummagumma (Pink Floyd cover band 1980-1983)
Centrifugal  Force (Prog 1983-1985)
Lazarus (Prog Metal 1985-1987)

Some of the clubs I played while living in Los Angeles:

The Starwood
The Roxy Theater
Gazzarri's
The Troubadour
Whisky a Go Go
Madame Wong's West

Once, I even snuck into the Hollywood Bowl around 2 am with an acoustic guitar because I wanted to know what it sounded like in there, and so that I could say I had performed there. I played Pink Floyd's Mother to an audience of about 14 kids who had also snuck in to party. Then the cops showed up and ruined a perfectly good concert.

Bands I started or played in after I moved to Portland: (You can listen to some of this music by clicking on the player to the right)

Nemo (New Wave 1993-1995)
Once In The Sun (Pop/Goth 2001-2004)
Trick Sensei (Psychedelic Rock 2006 to present)
Ego and The Ids (Goth 2007 to present)