Peaceful, masterful and over-the-top generous: Bernie Worrell blew my mind in the studio. Working with a vintage Moog synth, he contributed unexpected, singular melodies to our song “Tune Out,” on the Love Me For Who I Am album, never playing the same thing twice. Listening back to the song, it still amazes me and makes me smile. I won't forget that day.
RIP Bernie, and love and support to Judie.
Listen to "Tune Out" with Bernie Worrell here.
Bernie was the legendary keyboardist for Parliament-Funkadelic. You also might recognize his sound from his funky riffs on the the Talking Heads album Speaking in Tongues. When I was recording Tune Out, for the Love Me For Who I Am album, I heard a keyboard sound similar to what Bernie might play. The idea of him playing on the track seemed like a long shot-- but I did a little bit of exploring and to my surprise, Bernie lived about an hour away from where we were recording! I emailed; he said "cool" - and next thing I knew, I was tracking down a vintageMoog synthesizer in Northern NJ - 'cause that’s just what the man plays!
It was a beautiful, memorable day. He gave us so much music for just one song! Exploring riff after riff, trying different tones and way-out sounds - he kind of blew our minds. He’s a sweet, peaceful person, and it was a day I remember fondly.