by Paolo Copparoni, translated into English by Ruth Stephens
Chapter 3 – The Bassist
Luca and Stefano have a problem:
“Playing music is our passion, Stefano, but we can’t go on like this.
We have to find other musicians, or give up.”
“You’re right,” replies Stefano.
“But listen, I have an idea.
My new colleague, Marco, plays the guitar….
Maybe he knows bass as well.
I could ask him if he’s interested.”
But persuading Marco to join a band is not an easy task.
“Come on, Marco, why not give it a try?” says Stefano
“We only play once a week. I’m sure you’d love our music!”
“No, Stefano, I told you, I haven’t played for a long time.
And I haven’t played the bass much – I’m not very good.”
“Well, come just once. Please! For a jam.
Then, if you don’t enjoy it, I won’t ask you again.”
To keep Stefano happy, the following Sunday evening Marco brings his bass to Luca’s garage.
He’s almost sure he won’t come a second time.
“OK, lets try ‘Autumn Leaves'” suggests Luca.
“It’s a jazz standard. Do you know it, Marco?”
“Yes, I know it…. OK, let’s try. But I’m not promising anything!”
Once the three of them start to play, things go well.
Better than anyone expected.
There seems to be a magic in the music.
And Marco plays the bass with talent.
By the end of the evening, all three of them are enthusiastic!
So Marco needs no persuasion to join the band.
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