Bass player

Maybe the fact that I’m a bass player also has something to do with the way I approach teaching and expository writing. As instrumentalists, we stand off to the side, listening and then playing the essence of what we hear so as to complement the overall sound of a group. The great jazz bassist Charles Mingus said, “Making the simple complicated is commonplace; making the complicated simple, awesomely simple, that’s creativity.” In music, writing, and life in general, I thrive on simplicity, begrudge needless complexity, and detest pomposity.