Berklee College Of Music has announced the Mike Gordon Endowed Scholarship in honor of bassist Mike Gordon. The co-founding member of Phish and leader of his own solo band visited Berklee’s campus today to present a student-only seminar.
Berklee associate professor Loudon Stearns moderated the event at Berklee’s Cafe 939. Stearns is a longtime friend and teacher of Gordon’s and was integral in the development of Gordon’s interactive audience participatory instrument REEL, which is often utilized during Mike’s solo shows. Other attendees included Gordon’s vocal coach, associate professor Linda Balliro and Gordon’s songwriting mentor, professor Pat Pattison.
The newly established scholarship honoring Gordon will “support Berklee students studying bass who are also well-rounded artists, with skills in other areas such as songwriting, production, arranging, or creative entrepreneurship.”
“As a gemini who always wants to do a million things,” Gordon told the Berklee students and faculty in attendance, “playing one note at a time on bass was a very grounding thing for me.”
Gordon also advised the students, telling them, “Don’t ever think when playing music … We (Phish) formalized the ‘no analyze’ rule. In between sets you’re allowed to say ‘nice playing’ – that’s it.”