By Zack Williams, FUNUNDER bass guitarist
I am very proud of the fact that after playing in rock n roll bands for more than 20 years I finally got to name one: "Fununder." Before I explain the name I would like to briefly introduce you to the members of the band. I am the bassist/sometime lead singer/back-up singer/songwriter. Phil Thompson is the lead guitarist/lead singer/songwriter. Bill Marshall is the rhythm guitarist/lead singer/songwriter. Tobe (Tanya Tobalyas Moore) is the drummer/percussionist/back-up singer/future songwriter.
Phil and Bill have been making music together since the early 1980s. It was my good fortune to meet both Bill and Phil sometime during the years 1986 or 1987 (I think the rock n roll life I was leading at the time is what prevents me from remembering the exact date). It was not until Phil invited me to come and "Jam" with his new band "Rainbow Bridge" (1989? 1990? 1991? rock n roll life amnesia strikes again!). That night changed my life forever. That band included Bill and it was after that session that I decided to pursue the making of great music seriously. They gave me a demo tape that "blew my mind". I could not believe that these two immensely talented songwriter/musicians were inviting me to join them in what has become an unprecedented and very satisfying musical experience. Prior to that session I spent every waking minute composing bass lines for their music so I could impress them before the next "Jam." I must have impressed them because I have been playing with them on and off (mostly on) for the last 15 years plus. Many years later I found out that Phil and Bill were just as eager to impress me.
This musical partnership blossomed, matured and developed over the years. Throughout all the: "peaks," "valleys," "plateaus," successes and disappointments, there has been one consistent and so far invulnerable element in our relationship: COMMITMENT TO OUR MUSIC! Some of the music that is on this disc has never been played and produced by us and some has been present on every recording the three of us has ever produced (and deservedly so).
Very recently (within the last 6 months) I was seriously considering quitting my bands (I was playing in 2 at the time). I am a small businessman with a 2 year old daughter (Gwendolyn). My life is extremely busy and I am responsible for the livelihoods of 100+ individuals. I believed that I had given all I had to music and that my priorities needed reorganization.
Along came Tobe. Tobe had drummed with Phil in bands and other musical projects for a couple of years. I saw her perform live with Phil and was able to "Jam" with her, Phil and other local musicians a few times myself. I thought her to be a steady and capable drummer and perfectly suited to our music. I convinced Phil to invite her to "Jam" with us. The rest is Fununder history! Her style complimented our music in a way that we had not yet experienced with any other drummer. The only thing left to do was to come up with a name for our (old and) new band.
During a practice break I jokingly suggested that the band name should be an acronym derived from a (too) long (too) silly phrase for "FUCK IT." I suggested the first thought that came to mind: "Fun Under Crooked Kings In Time." This was obviously way too long to be seriously considered as a permanent name. I suggested that we keep the name but shorten it to Fununder (one word). We started creating phrases that began with Fununder like: "Fununderwear," "Fununderneath" (whatever), and many others hopefully common conversational fodder in the near future. In a nutshell we had so much fun with the word Fununder that we all agreed that the band should be "Fununder."
I detested the phrase: "Fununder and Lightning" even though it flowed well linguistically. Many weeks later on the eve of our final mixing session with Brian Bart (our engineer and co-producer on this soon to be enlightening project) I found a way to embrace the Fununder and Lightning project. I could accept and ambitiously promote this concept with only a slight spelling change: "Fununder: Enlightening!"
It is with great personal satisfaction that I present to you this magnificent disc. My only regret is that I did not insist that my songs (at least 2 or 3 of my songs are present in previous musical projects) be included on this disc. I am proud of the single songwriting credit I have.
What I am trying to say is that regardless of all life's many and wondrous distractions I was lucky to have been a part of this musical project that vastly exceeded all my expectations and made me re-evaluate my life with regard to my music, my dreams and my accomplishments.
It is my sincere hope that this music is as enjoyable, entertaining, inspirational and satisfying for you as it is for me.
Samuel (Zack) Williams
Bassist for Fununder
August 14, 2005,
my 42nd birthday.
Help me prove experience matters!
For more information, or just to drop us a line please write, call or email us:
P.O. Box 68023, Minneapolis, MN 55418
Bill (612) 788-8948, Phil (612) 382-0288,
Zack (612) 250-0663, or Tobe (612) 306-0137
E-mail address: firstname.lastname@example.org
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