Serendipity. Know what it means? I’m not sure I do. In fact, I’m not sure anyone does. There seems to be a perpetual interpretation of the definition. Here is my interpretation…
So on September 26th, like every year since my birth, I celebrated a birthday (herein we’ll refer to it as B-day). Typically, I don’t enjoy celebrating my B-day as I’m not to keen to the idea of time not allowing me to complete tasks at my own pace. Fortunately, time seemed to empathize with my situation and gave me a brake.
To my surprise, Jason Newsted–bass player (formerly of Metallica, Voivod, Flotsam & Jetsam, etc.), had scheduled a question and answer session (herein we’ll refer to it as Q&A) at The Record Exchange (local record store) on my b-day. The Q&A, along with an autographing session, were to promote his band, Newsted, and their recent album release titled: Heavy Metal Music.
Initially, I had no plans on attending. I’m not real good with crowds, I get really nervous when meeting players I have great respect for and, honestly, I never felt he was a major influence on my playing.
After much internal deliberation, (my wife refers to this as ‘chatter, chatter’) I decided to attend the Q&A and get my bass signed by Jason. I had hoped he was a ‘cool guy’ and not a ‘total douchebag’. You never know.
Leading up to the Q&A, I consumed several cans of liquid courage. In the process, I began to have what some may consider an epiphany. The first metal concert I ever went to was Metallica–Damaged Justice tour (9-9-89) with Jason Newsted on bass. I purchased (or I should say my mom purchased; thanks mom) my first bass two months later. In addition, I realized I still had the wrist band from that concert!
Now, mind you I had been listening to metal for a few years prior (Iron Maiden, Metallica, Megadeth, AC/DC, etc.), but the impact of the live show and Jason’s stage presence, I believe were the catalyst for my leap into the low end. Hmm… Almost sounds like I know what I’m talking about.
Waiting in line (Yeah I’m skipping the Q&A cos’ this is about me–so there!) with my band of brothers, RIPCHAIN, we made small talk with with other bands, fans of Newsted and soon-to-be fans of RIPCHAIN. The line moved rather quickly and I found myself face to face with the man. Turns out this legend happens to be a very down to earth guy. We chatted for a moment while he signed the Newsted album I received for my B-day (thanks baby!), my Zon bass (see below pics) AND my wrist band!
It’s been a week since my B-day. That’s right, time released the parking brake. However, the memory of that day will remain. Of course, if at some point I can’t remember, I can just look at my signed bass and ask myself… Who in the hell is Jason?! \m/