Saturday, January 26, 2013

The Deepest Love

We’re coming up on Valentine’s day, and Hallmark is so excited. Although “Sweetest Day” gets the tag of most made up holiday, Hallmark has absolutely built its company on V-Day.

But since we’re on the subject, let’s talk about love for a minute.

The Player A song, “The Deepest Love” is a song that has some pretty dense meaning for me. I was sitting playing the keyboard, and just kind of jamming. My wife walked in and swayed to what I was playing, and just as quickly left again. In that moment, I just felt a deep connection between my love for the music I was playing (the chords and rhythm, the melody), but also for my wife of over 20 years.

Not sure how many of you have been in a relationship this long, but there is a deep abiding that happens after this long. It goes beyond puppy love or infatuation, and into sense of belonging “with” each other. You look at each other and thank God that He has blessed you with something so few may experience.

Agape Love

Actually, it starts to be similar to the “agape” love of God. Now stick with me if religious talk isn’t your thing, I’m trying to make a point. Christians believe that God has a “covenant” love for humans, and when a believer returns that covenant it’s called agape love.

I think the deep love you feel for a longtime mate, is close to that agape love. This kind of love goes past sex, or fights, or moods, or awful life experience. It’s the kind of love that ties two people together.

And that’s the feeling we hope you experience when you listen to “The Deepest Love” by Player A Jazz.

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Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Being at the beach. Let's 'Talk About It'

We love the beach. The sand, the waves, the laid back, chill time.

When the sun goes down, we chill at a local restaurant. Maybe sip a margarita or cold beer, and watch the sun go down over the ocean.

It's good day.

The best part is, tomorrow we get to wake up and do it all over again. As long as the vacation lasts, we'll be digging those toes under the sand all day under an umbrella, and dealing with the sunburn at night.

Enjoy Player A's free download and dream about some beach time today...

Eric Copeland is the keyboardist, composer, and founder of Player A, a group of session players from Nashville, TN, all of which love the beach and wish they were there now. Find out more at

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Five Questions with Player A Bassist Gary Lunn

I've had the pleasure of working on many projects with the amazing Gary Lunn. His bass playing really hits home with my personal music, and his sense of timing, melody, not to mention his perfect pitch are a joy to work with.

Here's 5 questions I asked him lately.

1. What made you want to start playing bass?

My older brother was a saxophone player in his high school's jazz ensemble. He brought home Chicago's second album and I heard the song  "25 or 6 to 4" from it. I knew immediately that I wanted to play the bass. Shortly after that experience, I was given my first album which was Abbey Road by the Beatles. Paul McCartney pretty much sealed the deal. Early in my seventh grade, I heard the flip side of "Money Runner" (From the movie "Dollars") which was a song called "Money Is" that was produced by Quincy Jones and sung by Little Richard. Whoever was playing bass on that song blew my mind. My parents gave me a bass for Christmas after that.  

2. Who are your bass heroes and why?

My earler influences were Paul McCartney and Peter Cetera for their melodic lines, Mel Shacher (Grand Funk Railroad-my first exposure to rock) for his rock-solidness and originality, Chris Squire for the new voice he created for the bass, ("Roundabout" still amazes me), Larry Graham for the invention of slapping, Mark King for speeding it up to light-speed, and David Hungate for showing us all how to not only lock perfectly with a drummer, but how to compose a bass part all the way through the song, FOR the song. Jaco Pastorious and Pino Pallidino were my first serious fretless influences, but I sure "stole" a lot of lines from Jimmy Johnson. Gary Willis is from an alternate universe that I am still trying to get to. :) I could never do what he does. As one of the most "have-it-all" bassists, I love everything Marcus Miller has ever done. From chops to pocket, he is one of the most balanced bass players I have ever heard. The fact that he can slap "Teen Town" still blows my mind every time I hear it. 

3. What's your favorite bass right now?

My favorite bass changes from day to day. My current favorite is my '71 Fender Precision (sunburst, rosewood neck, loaded with '80's DiMarzio pick-ups), but it will always be at the top of the list. I've had it since I was 11 years old and it always feels like home to me.

4. What was your favorite gig?

I played in the house band (all session guys) for a very prestigious, private party about 15 years ago. Besides playing for Peter Cetera and Amy Grant, we played most of Michael McDonald's hits with the man himself. It was surreal. As far as a favorite road gig, when I toured with Amy Grant in 2003-2004, it was the most fun, comfortable, integral gig I have ever been on. So far, she's been the best "boss" I have ever worked for.

5. What are your dreams for the future creatively?

I would love to produce a project that contained 10-15 of my favorite songs from 10-15 different genre's. They would all be extremely challenging for the bass and feature the bass, but every song would have a different lead vocalist indigenous to the style of each song. I wouldn't use a lot of different players because the musicians that I personally know right here in Nashville can play ANY style.

Want to get an idea of Gary's work as a player?? Check out this link!

We're also working on a solo album with Gary. It will have all the songs that have featured Gary on Player A albums, but also a few new ones. We'll be sure to let the Player A faithful know when it's ready.

Want to hear some Gary Lunn? Click over to our Reverbnation site and take a listen to "Steppin", "A Fitting End", "Chiller", and "Just As I Am".

Saturday, March 31, 2012

Player A, Our Own Devices

Welcome to Our Own Devices, the new blog from Nashville session player group Player A.

It's our second year bringing new music to the world from the amazing players and producers of Nashville, and we're super excited about what we've got coming up. But we wanted a way to get folks more involved and in touch with the history and thoughts of our players.

So we'll be featuring each player and things about them.We'll also go in depth about where the songs came from, and even share a little history about some of the covers we do.

Thanks for being part of this next step, and we hope you'll join the blog by adding your email to the top right.