by Russ Belville | May 31, 2012 1:37 pm
The two most important things in my life are M&Ms – not the candy, but “marijuana” and “music”. For those who know me as a marijuana activist, it’s always fun to find out that in my 20th Century incarnation, I was a professional club musician, playing bass guitar and singing in various cover bands. My musicianship dates back to 1979 when I first played orchestra bass* at Central School in Nampa, Idaho, and I’ve been playing ever since.
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* And thus the name “Boom Boom Belville”, my first nickname, dating back to seventh grade. If you remember the 1970′s TV series “Welcome Back, Kotter”, there was a student in the fictional high school class named Freddie “Boom Boom” Washington. In a scene with the teacher, Mr. Kotter, Freddie is asked why his nickname is “Boom Boom”. Freddie then begin pantomiming playing a stand up bass like a jazz cat while he sings a bass line, “a-boom boom boom boom…” Mr. Kotter asks, “Oh, so you play the bass?” Freddie replies, “Naw, man, I just like going ‘a-boom boom boom boom…’” My junior high jazz band teacher called me “Boom Boom Belville” once and it stuck, at least until I became “Radical” Russ in high school.
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