In this nice video Jaco Pastorius teaches basstechniques. He shows us what he practices and how he approaches a song. It’s a great watch even as a non-bass player and it opened up my ears for the richness of his playing. I always understand someone’s playing better if I know what he/she practices. Plus it’s really fun to see Pastorius talk. Contrary to his reputation, it seems like a nice guy.
It took me a while to realise what an amazing songwriter Thom Yorke, the singer of Radiohead, actually is. Analyse is a song from his solo album the Eraser. This acoustic version really brings out the great power of this modal song. The composition seems really simple, but the melody cries and sings in unexpected ways.
While I love all the weird musical sound design of the Radiohead albums from the last years, this ‘naked’ version shows that they only add to Yorke’s quality as a composer. The combination of experimental music with great lyrical power makes him one of the most important writers and musicians of our time.