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Username: kimberly

Post Number: 386
Registered: 1-2007
Posted on Monday, September 17, 2012 - 6:23 pm:   Edit Post

Hi All! :-)

I had a request for this one about a month ago, so here it is, but first some background following my 'standard format' of using hundreds and hundreds of words when few would suffice. ;)

This song was specifically requested for a wedding so I wanted to do it as best I could. And, as it all turned out, the bride and groom were very, very pleased with my rendition of Somewhere Over the Rainbow and What a Wonderful World inspired by the Israel Kamakawiwo'ole version. :-)

As this was a 'pretty special occasion' I ended up putting a lot of time and thought into the interpetation and rendition. The downside is when I started playing for it for this video I ran head on into the 'use it or lose it' syndrome, as from not playing it since the wedding I found I had 'forgotten a lot', so I've ended up doing a pretty basic simplistic version for this video.

So, pre-recorded A, B and C phrases/sections each with rhythm and bass loops playing live melody (kinda) over the top, Somewhere Over the Rainbow/What a Wonderful World inspired by Israel Kamakawiwo'ole. :-)

Hope you enjoy! :-)

Best Regards,

Kimberly :-)
Username: davehouck

Post Number: 10894
Registered: 5-2002
Posted on Monday, September 17, 2012 - 6:55 pm:   Edit Post

Love it! Beautiful tone!
Senior Member
Username: sonicus

Post Number: 2633
Registered: 5-2009
Posted on Monday, September 17, 2012 - 8:14 pm:   Edit Post

Kimberly, that is really cool. I play Somewhere Over the Rainbow as well as one of my tunes on the Trumpet and also as a bass solo. I just love what you have done with this timeless classic melody. I really like your Reggae groove and delivery . SUPER !

Username: that_sustain

Post Number: 45
Registered: 8-2012
Posted on Tuesday, September 18, 2012 - 4:35 am:   Edit Post

Fine soloist/musician with one of the nicest basses I've seen or heard.

I gotta practice my chords.
Senior Member
Username: cozmik_cowboy

Post Number: 1290
Registered: 10-2006
Posted on Tuesday, September 18, 2012 - 8:04 am:   Edit Post

Nice. What's that on the headstock?

Username: piotr_c

Post Number: 42
Registered: 7-2012
Posted on Tuesday, September 18, 2012 - 10:25 am:   Edit Post

Ha, great piece, thanks so much for putting it out there.
Love it...!
Advanced Member
Username: kimberly

Post Number: 387
Registered: 1-2007
Posted on Wednesday, September 19, 2012 - 9:30 am:   Edit Post

Hi Dave! :-)

Thank you! I'm playing through a SWR California Blonde in the living room with wood floors for this. I was actually surprised with the tone when all was said and done.

Hi Wolf! :-)

Thank you very much! A lot of fun to play for sure. Locally anyways, the original version by Israel is under going a revival with some airplay so I'm looking forward to trying it out in a few clubs and see what kind of response it gets. Maybe next Alembic gathering we could work a duo thing out! Glad you liked it!

Hi Daniel! :-)

Thank you very much! I appreciate your compliments! I had my Epic's electronics upgraded with a three way Q filter and quick tone change circuits for the bass and treble. I think she sounds great too! :D PS. Practicing chords is a good thing! ;)

Hi Peter! :-)

Thanks! The mystery object on the head stock is a flying pig with a magnetic nose! :D Normally I 'thread' the legs under the strings, but as you can see the magnet by itself is strong enough to hold her in place.

Hi Pierre! :-)

Thank you very much, I'm glad you liked the video!

Thanks Guys! :-)

Best Regards,

Kimberly :-)
Username: brianclarkebert

Post Number: 16
Registered: 7-2012
Posted on Wednesday, September 19, 2012 - 4:24 pm:   Edit Post

Really well done, thanks for sharing=).....B.
Senior Member
Username: sonicus

Post Number: 2636
Registered: 5-2009
Posted on Wednesday, September 19, 2012 - 4:42 pm:   Edit Post

Kimberly , yes _ that would be fun !
Senior Member
Username: rami

Post Number: 986
Registered: 6-2002
Posted on Thursday, October 11, 2012 - 3:47 pm:   Edit Post

Hey Kimberly,

I thoroughly enjoyed that. You really captured that Alembic sound. I find it cool that regardless of the rig, Alembics always sound like Alembics and nothing else. That Bass really sings!

Best regards,


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