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”

Seeking Help From Cincinnati Reds Fans [1983]

It was the spring or summer of 1983. So much was going on that it fogs my memory a little bit. I was graduating high school, preparing to go to college, rehearsing with the high school band for State Fair, band camp, dealing with my summer job, and more. But there was ONE other thingContinue reading “Seeking Help From Cincinnati Reds Fans [1983]”

Digital Recording and Avoiding Perfection

NOTE: If you are NOT a musician, then fear not! I have you covered with a video that shows what I am talking about. Back in the early 2000s, I was recording a track with Noodle Muffin. This track was one where I played multiple instruments, including drums, bass, rhythm guitar, and a few others.Continue reading “Digital Recording and Avoiding Perfection”

The Goal of a Musician

INTRODUCTIONToday’s brief entry was inspired by an old interview with ZZ Top. While I’m not clear on the questions leading up to this, it appears that the interviewer wants them to say that they WOULD play a gig with The Hell’s Angels present. With this question, had they answered, the interviewer could then make unfoundedContinue reading “The Goal of a Musician”

My Top 3 Strangest Band Quits

Today, I wanted to chronicle my top 3 strangest band quits. Why? Because people seem to like things that have numbers in them. These are in no particular order, although I’m attempting to place the strangest one last. Let’s GOOOOOOO! “SECRET” AND THE EMAIL QUITAbout six months after generating and uploading the first iteration ofContinue reading “My Top 3 Strangest Band Quits”

Music: Studio Recording vs. Live Performance

INTRODUCTIONThis is a cautionary tale about the differences between studio recording and live performance, as it applies to the musicians who are recording. These differences did not always exist, at least not to the extent that they do today. In the past, before the age of Pro Tools and computer recording, bands would typically recordContinue reading “Music: Studio Recording vs. Live Performance”

Becoming a Value-Added Drummer

If you’re a drummer and you are looking to increase your chances at getting the gig, then this post might help you. In fact, some of this will be helpful for other musicians in general. These are details that come into consideration when you’re auditioning for a gig, and the others who auditioned are alsoContinue reading “Becoming a Value-Added Drummer”

Pursuit of the Dream

Today’s entry was inspired by a piece written by Johnny L Brewer. Click his name to read. My dream of being a musician started before I was 2 years old. I would sit in my own seat behind the drummer of my uncle’s band, The Sounder. They played around Indiana, and had bands open forContinue reading “Pursuit of the Dream”

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