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"Happiness isn't getting what you want, it's wanting what you get".... Garth Brooks
I was born Jan.17th, 1969 ath the Baptist Childrens Home in Memphis, Tn. and was adopted immediately after by my parents, Clyde and Allie Parks. I have a sister,Cindy, who was adopted about a year later. We lived in what was, at the time, a normal middle-class neighborhood in Memphis. I was heavily influenced by music from the very earliest years of my life. Most of it coming from the records my dad would play on the stereo in our house. Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis, Jerry Reed, and yes even a guy named Elvis were my first introductions into the world of rock and roll. Although no one in my family had a background in music, I seemed to take to it right away. I took piano lessons from the time I was 5 till I was 12, and was very good at it but I hated practicing.

our house in Michie, Tn

In 1977, we moved from Memphis to a small town about a hundred miles away called Michie (pron. micky). We lived there for about 5 years and it's where I learned what country life was all about. It has always reminded me somewhat of "Little House on the Prairie", except we lived in a pretty huge house.

I lived in Memphis until I was 21 and decided to make a career move with FedEx so I moved up to St Louis as a courier with them. After about a year and a half I moved again with FedEx... this time to Rapid City, South Dakota. People still ask me why I would want to live there and all I can say is that the Black Hills area is beautiful. There's no humidity, very little crime and I got to become friends with some fantastic people. In 2000, because of family and the influence of my friend Mike, I packed up everything once again and came back to St Louis. I love the opprtunities that a large city such as this has to offer. Contrary to what you might be thinking, I hate moving. I despise it. I call St Louis home now and it feels pretty good.

I began playing bass in 1994 under the influence of a good friend, Bob Waldman. Bob had played extensively since he was 12 and got me started out with just a few scales and some good encouragement from time to time. In 1995, I bought my first bass, a Fender American Standard Precision. From that point, I've tried to learn everything from old Willie Dixon blues lines to the most demanding Geddy Lee (Rush) and Les Claypool (Primus). I remember waking up in the morning and practicing an hour before getting ready for work, then practicing for three to four hours every night. It was bass boot camp and I went through the rigors of having sore wrists and keeping a bottle of super-glue handy to repair blisters and worn off callusses so I wouldnt have to stop playing for the day. I wanted to be as good as I could be and wasn't going to let anything stop me.Thanks go to people like Steve Harris, Flea, Victor Wooten, Jaco Pastorious, Stu Hamm and again my friend Bob for all the inspiration.

 A few years ago, I saved up enough money to buy a Modulus Genesis 5-string. It's the holy grail of basses, so to speak. If you're interested in buying a bass, I highly recommend Modulus instruments. They're worth every penny.

Bob Waldman

My sister Cindy and myself in San Juan
I went on a cruise and got to visit her there one day
Taking a break from work

Love to travel!

It wasn't till just a few years ago that I'd never been outside the U.S. Working for FedEx gives me the opprotunity for cheap airfare, so I plan on taking advantage of it and want to go, well......  Everywhere!

Me playing my Modulus 5-string
During the Sturgis motorcycle rally, 2001

Alot of people ask me what my favorite music is. My answer: "Just name it."

Here's a few favorites
(stuff I never get tired of)
John Cougar Mellencamp
B.B. King
Stevie Ray Vaughn
Sam Cooke
Van Halen
Vince Guaraldi
(the charlie brown music)

My top 5 favorite movies:


2. It's a Wonderful Life

3. The Shawshank Redemption

4. Forrest Gump

5. Star Wars (all of 'em)

"Don't disrespect da' Bing!"