Outlier Profile - David Meer

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David Meer
David is the personification of the "musician's musician". Not only does he provide lead and harmony vocals and the bottom to The Outlier's sound with his innovative yet rock-solid bass playing, David's knowledge of music theory and intuitive feel for harmony, groove and arrangement make him an invaluable member of the band. David's musical history is filled with achievements. After studying music in his early years, David performed professionally with numerous top-flight musicians and acts, not the least of which include Buddy Rich, the Shirelles and the road tour of A Chorus Line. David lives in Manhattan and works in the business consulting industry.
David Meer
Blues Name
(1)Old Gumbo Lee (2)Davis Moore
Primary Instrument
Electric Bass
Other instruments you can play
Acoustic Bass
Other instruments you've ever played, but would be afraid to pick up today
Piano, guitar
Your gear
Fender Jazz Bass (c.1970), Gallien-Krueger amp
Top 5 Most Important Musical Influences:
#1 John Coltrane
#2 The Beatles
#3 Frank Zappa
#4 The Band
#5 John McGloughlin
Age began playing music
Most thrilling personal musical experience
Getting chewed out by Buddy Rich on the band bus between shows
Favorite musical artist
Musical genre you identify with the most
Jazz between 1950 and 1970
Your all-time favorite album (your 'desert island disc')
Kind of Blue (Miles Davis), A Love Supreme (John Coltrane), Abbey Road (The Beatles), Synchronicity (Police), Live in America (Steely Dan)
Favorite guitar player
Carlos Santana
Favorite bass player
Chuck Rainey, Paul McCartney, Sting
Favorite singer
Aretha Franklin
Favorite harp player
Charlie Musselwhite and Blind Joel Rubinson
Favorite drummer
Steve Gadd, Stuart Copeland
Favorite tune performed by The Outliers
Black Water
Favorite Elvis song
In the Ghetto
Favorite Beatle
Favorite actor
Kevin Spacey
Favorite actress
Michelle Pfeiffer
Favorite movie
The Graduate
Favorite magazine
Favorite web site
Favorite newspaper
NY Times
Favorite place to do Outliers gigs
NorthShore Cafe
Favorite food
Shoe Size
6.5 EEE (but don't draw any conclusions)
Your day job
Management Consulting
Your least favorite word
Will a little dab really do ya?
No, I need a big dab
Favorite baseball player
Barry Bonds
Favorite all-time TV show
All in the Family
Favorite all-time TV show theme song
The Odd Couple
Favorite drink
A good single malt
Favorite accent
"Less Filling" or "Tastes Great"?
Tastes Great
Your worst vice
Favorite decade
Do gentlemen really prefer blondes?
Not in this mult-cultural society
Favorite capital punishment device
Favorite quote
"Luck is the residue of design"--Branch Rickey
Favorite comedian
Richard Pryor
Favorite radio program
Rhythm Review, Saturday mornings on WBGO
Mantle or Mays?
Favorite travel destination
Mt. Desert Island, Maine
What the hell does "NPD" stand for anyway?
No Pucking Data
The 1st thing you'd buy if you won $10 million
A vineyard in Tuscany
Ben & Jerry or Haagen Dazs
HD (sorbet)
Tom & Jerry or Wile E. Coyote & Roadrunner
Ben & Jerry or Tom & Jerry
I'll go for the calories
The Beatles or The Stones
Cats or Dogs?
Do you think UFO's really exist?
Do you think Steven Spielberg really exists?
Favorite geo-political figure
Bill Clinton
Favorite sports team
The Knicks (an addiction)
Stock picks
Buy real estate
1st concert you ever saw
Dave van Ronk in Woodstock, 1965
If you could be anywhere right now, where would you be?
See favorite travel destination
Domino's or Pizza Hut?
they both suck
Dylan "electric" or Dylan "acoustic"
Favorite pet
Siamese fighting fish
Who currently isn't, but in your opinion, should be, on a postage stamp?
John Coltrane
Coke or Pepsi?
San Pelligrino
Who was the real genius - Becker or Fagan?
Fagan--just compare The Nightfly with Becker's solo stuff
Carpet or wood floors?
Wood, with oriental rugs
Favorite dead rock star
Favorite analgesic
Aleve and Scotch
Crackling fire or sandy beach?
If you mean what I think you mean, fire
Favorite member of ABBA
Who do you think was really behind Kennedy's assasination?
The same people behind RFK and MLK's assasinations
Favorite Woody Allen movie
Favorite condiment
Favorite bimbo who ended a politican's/evangelist's/CEO's career
They all run together--Tammy Faye Lewinsky?
Most humbling experience
Trying to sight read the Easter show at Radio City Music Hall
If you could play a different instrument in the band it would be
Lead guitar

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