365 Days of the Unoriginal, Day 75 Has Gone Down The Rabbit Hole

Some bass parts are simple, elegant, and kind of fun to play. I’m learning this (mostly because I am not capable of doing really complicated, funky, interesting bass parts).

Today’s offering is a good example: Jefferson Airplane’s iconic, often-covered “White Rabbit.” I learned the song a while ago, but just haven’t gotten around to trying to cover it for the Challenge because I couldn’t decide what I wanted to do with it. The first time I tried to figure out a cover version, I wanted to make it as weird as possible — bizarre drums, crunched-out guitar, spacy bass (putting the Hofner through some effects in Garage Band), trippy layered vocals, the whole nine yards. As usual, that just didn’t go well. What I ended up doing instead was pulling out Dashing el Deano the massive acoustic/electric bass and doing a purely acoustic cover (just bass, drum loop, acoustic guitar, and vox). It wasn’t too bad, although now I think I might have a better idea of how to weird it up a bit. I sort of blundered a bit at the very beginning on the acoustic guitar, but I didn’t feel like redoing it, so blundering is what you get. I also biffed the words, and can’t be bothered to fix it. Ha!

The images in the video are pictures of Newell’s classic illustrations from Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and Through The Looking-Glass, as reprinted in The More Annotated Alice (one of my favorite books — the annotations are almost more fun that the original text).


About L. M. Bernhardt

For a good long while (15 years or so), I taught philosophy at a little private university in northwest IA, and occasionally branched out into playing music, dabbling in photography, experimenting with food, and writing nonsense on my blog. The philosophy teaching part ended in 2017 (program elimination via prioritization), but never fear! I've just finished my MLIS at San Jose State University, and I'm currently on the market looking for new adventures in either philosophy or LIS. For now, I labor at a fairly interesting administrative job in order to support my dogs in the lavish manner to which they've become accustomed.
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