Finger Drumming, and Update

The situation appears very real. I “went to sleep” in LA in 2014 and ended up in Oregon by 2019. Went through a pandemic, civil unrest, an attempted overthrow by a dictator, and I even started a Facebook account. The world had gone mad. Even worse, the landlod of my new place lied when sheContinue reading “Finger Drumming, and Update”

Updates: Drumming, Writing, and Cats

INTRODUCTIONIt sure has been quite a while since my last piece on here. Some things have been happening, and I finally have the time and space to share a bit of it. DRUMMING / NOODLE MUFFINMost of my time over the course of this past month was spent drumming on three new songs by NoodleContinue reading “Updates: Drumming, Writing, and Cats”

What Marching Band Taught Me About the World

INTRODUCTIONIn 1979, I finally made the transition into high school band. It was something I’d been looking forward to, ever since I transitioned from trumpet to drums in sixth grade. I went in and auditioned for the leader of the drum line; a guy named Roger, aka “Hefty.” After my audition, I was ceremoniously welcomedContinue reading “What Marching Band Taught Me About the World”

Why “DrumWild,” and Where Are the Drums?

INTRODUCTIONOne Friday afternoon, when I was lamenting certain aspects of my life in a therapy discussion, my therapist chimed in. “Well, at least you can play your drums in your apartment all day, right?” Eh, no. That’s not how things work. What felt really weird to me was that I had to explain to anotherContinue reading “Why “DrumWild,” and Where Are the Drums?”

When It’s No Longer Fun

INTRODUCTIONMusic was my first love, going all the way back to when I was 18 months old, sitting in and watching jam sessions with my uncle’s band, The Sounder, as they blasted loudly through my grandparent’s old Indiana farmhouse. I wore headphones to protect my ears and would sit on my own chair behind theContinue reading “When It’s No Longer Fun”

Hoovering: The Narcissist’s 4th Phase

INTRODUCTIONIn the past, I have written about three primary phases of a relationship with a Narcissist. To review: Love-Bombing: The Narcissist tells you how wonderful and fantastic you are. Devalue: The Narcissist declare that you cannot do anything right. Discard: When they believe they are done getting their Narcissistic supply from you, they throw youContinue reading “Hoovering: The Narcissist’s 4th Phase”

The Internet, Hate Comments, and Musicians Bashing Musicians

INTRODUCTIONThe internet used to be a fun and informative place. These days, all of that has been replaced with anger, harsh judgment, and pure aggression. Most of it is done in the name of getting clicks and making money. Sometimes it’s the anonymous commenters who spread negativity. Other times, it’s the content creator themselves whoContinue reading “The Internet, Hate Comments, and Musicians Bashing Musicians”

51 Years Ago: 11-17-70 by Elton John

INTRODUCTIONToday I’ll be writing about one of my biggest influences with regard to music, Elton John. The live performance that he gave back in November 17 of 1970 has been an album that has stuck with me for the majority of my life. As is the case with most artists whose careers started before IContinue reading “51 Years Ago: 11-17-70 by Elton John”

A Tale of Two Auditions, and Lessons Learned

INTRODUCTIONAuditioning is something that most musicians have to do at one point or another. It’s much like job interviewing, where the more you do it, the better you get. I didn’t have many auditions when I was young. My audition for the first-ever Cincinnati Reds High School Honors Band was nothing more than paperwork andContinue reading “A Tale of Two Auditions, and Lessons Learned”

Success: It’s the Thrill of the Chase

“It’s not the kill… It’s the thrill of the chase.” I never had any question regarding what I wanted to do with my life. From the age of 18 months, when I first saw my uncle’s band, “The Sounder,” rehearsing at my grandmother’s house, I knew that I wanted to be a musician. My exposureContinue reading “Success: It’s the Thrill of the Chase”

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