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Book 7 Page 16
The bass player’s convention
Bass players are a unique and special breed,
they hear things quite differently.
When they hear a song they don’t hear the words
and not even the ‘main melody.’
For they hear; boom boom boom, / boom boom boom,
as the bass soaks into their bones.
That’s why they often stand at the back of the band,
playing as if playing alone.
Now once there was a ‘bass player’s convention,’
to see who could play the best bass.
The walls were thumping, the crowd was jumping,
there was not a high note in the place.
There was this ‘fat guy’ playing tuba
and a skinny guy on electric bass,
and without a doubt all of them played far too loud,
this I lesson to haste.
And the winner received a booming reception
for his rendition of ‘Smoke on the water.’
“Such a gut wrenching performance,” the judges said,
for he played it hard and just as you oughta.
Now I hope you’re not expecting this poem
to finish on some ‘exciting high,’
for in this particular poem it’s best that it finish ‘on a low,’
to give you that comfortable ‘bassy glow.’
© Written by Dominic John Gill www.poetry.net.au 11/10/99 email@example.com