The next generation bass blog

Jason HeathI’m getting back into blogging…. and podcasting.  More details to follow.

For the time being, I’d like to encourage folks to check out my new Double Bass News Magazine.  For those of you who are new to the blog, this site has been active for ten years.  To put that in perspective, ten years ago MySpace was starting to blow up, Facebook was a new service closed to all but college students, and Twitter had yet to be invented.  The best smart phone was a Palm Trio, and iTunes had just started to incorporate podcasting.

In other words, a lot has changed!

After a long (six years or so) dormancy, I am in the process of rethinking this whole internet bass/news/podcasting thing.  I’m looking to relaunch these products (doublebassblog.org and contrabassconversations.com) and leverage all the innovations that have taken place since these started creaking into motion a decade ago.

Where have I been?  I’ve been very busy, as you can see from my current bio.  Lots of interesting new directions these past years, and a lot of professional satisfaction (more so than my previous career).

In terms of interesting news and linkage, I’ve gotten really into using Flipboard (an amazing iOS/Android app–check it out if you haven’t before–you’ll love it once you get it) for my news.  It totally rocks.  As I started to really organize my social feeds in this app, I realized that it could be a great way to do the sort of bass news that I did on a daily basis on this blog.

Check it out–I’ve got a little over 100 stories up there now.  You can read it in your web browser if you’re on a desktop/laptop, but if you’re on your mobile device then you want to access it via the Flipboard app.  I’ve also got it in the sidebar of the blog.

Bassist Matt Heller named as one of Alberta’s 50 Most Influential People

It makes me incredibly happy to see double bassist Matt Heller named as one of Alberta’s 50 most influential people!  Matt and I go way back–we did the American Russian Youth Orchestra ad Schleswig-Holstein Musik Festival together in the late nineties, and we have kept in touch during his time in Chicago and now Canada as a bassist in the Calgary Philharmonic.

Matt is an active writer and has served as president of the Organization of Canadian Symphony Musicians.  He also appeared on a Contrabass Conversations episode several years ago.  He’s a great guy and is a great choice for this list.

Article link:

Matt Heller: Alberta’s 50 Most Influential People 2014 | Alberta Venture.

photo credit: Alberta Venture