Mike Bass, a versatile singer-songwriter and acoustic guitarist, unveils his latest creation, “Reach for the Sun,” a musical narrative inspired by the remarkable story of digital artist Rhett Mankind. Known for his fusion of Americana and folk, Bass adds unique elements to his music with intricate fingerpicking, snapping, and percussive techniques on the guitar. Fluent in both English and Japanese, Bass explores original compositions in both languages, showcasing the breadth of his musical prowess.
In this new single, “Reach for the Sun,” Bass delves into the struggles and triumphs of Rhett Mankind, who faced a challenging period in 2023 regarding art sales. Rhett’s journey took an unexpected turn as he initiated a project that achieved unexpected success, at least in the short term. The song encapsulates Rhett’s experiences, particularly his reflections on creativity, family, and the uncertainties of the art world. Bass, also part of the band Creature of One, demonstrates his artistic depth by not only crafting melodies but also creating p5js code art, showcased in the visual accompaniment to “Reach for the Sun.” The song captures the essence of Rhett’s YouTube video, where he shared the intricacies of his project and often spoke of his daughter.
As Bass delves into Rhett’s story, he emphasizes that “Reach for the Sun” is not an endorsement or advertisement for the crypto token project Turbo, symbolizing the unpredictable nature of the art world. The song serves as a testament to the resilience and creativity that emerge from life’s unpredictable twists, echoing the universal theme of reaching for hope in the face of challenges.