Fender Jazz Bass Guitar. A Never Forgotten Iconic Memory.

A Fender Jazz Bass Guitar.

A few of my blogs begin with the words:

ICONIC OWNERSHIP…………followed by something I actually still have in my life. Ninth Gate Bag, Carhartt Dungarees, VeeDub Bus, Billingham Camera Bag, Pentax LX SLR film camera, etc. 

Beautiful items to cherish. The Jazz, as fondly called, has long gone. Having broken up with the band Team 23 I began thinking my future lay as a potter. Or to be posh. A ceramicist. I couldn’t throw a pot to save my soul. Built individual pieces. So….ceramicist is probably more apt. I’d been mucking around with clay for a few months and really enjoying the experience. Made them in the kitchen in our one bedroom Victorian high ceiling flat/apartment. The flat was above the Wholefood/Health shop my wife worked in at that time. So pottery was the ambient synergy of the smell of clay inter-mingled with coffee beans brewing and herbs and spices. That’s how memories are made.

Smells are surer than sounds or sights

To make your heart-strings crack

They start those awful voices o’ nights

That whisper, ’Old man, come back!’

Rudyard Kipling

Got my pieces initially kiln fired by asking a friend if he could find a corner to fire up my pieces in the kiln at Warwick University. He worked and taught there. 

It wasn’t long before I needed my own kiln. Like a fool, my only piece of ‘Ownership’ that was enough to sell to get one was ‘The Jazz’. And like a fool I sold her. Thing is. As a Buddhist in spirit (not true devotional practice), I don’t believe that possessions are always meant to be kept. I do ‘give’ freely. If someone truly wants or needs something……I give them it. My ‘Iconic Ownership: The Ninth Gate Bag’ blog explains that philosophy. 

Yet, I admit to the reality that there are items in my possession that have so many inherent memories that they become best of friend. I could never say ‘Bye’. The Jazz was actually one of those. A best of friend. And yet I let her leave my life. I hope that best friend went on to find and create more memories with her next found ownership.

Ownership provides adventures. And The Jazz provided adventures and unforgettable memories when music was a major part of life.


But it is Iconic

Singing and playing at the Rock Garden, Covent Garden. Photograph by John Coles.
Team 23

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The XCerts.

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