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”

Depression, Medication, and Creativity

Depression exists on a spectrum. There’s Major Depressive Disorder and a host of other types of depression of lesser values and intensities. I have Major Depressive Disorder, which is one of the heavier types of depression. But, for me, it is even worse. People who have autism spectrum disorder (ASD) have a lifetime rate of depression that is nearlyContinue reading “Depression, Medication, and Creativity”

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”

Analysis: Ruby Cassidy and “The World Will Need You”

INTRODUCTION,This is more the story of how I met Ruby Cassidy, aka “Mystica,” from the Philippines, but I will also be including info on the recording of our album, with main focus on one of the 8 tracks that we wrote and recorded, titled, “The World Will Need You.” While I am using Ruby’s realContinue reading “Analysis: Ruby Cassidy and “The World Will Need You””

Song Analysis: Finger Nine, by DrumWild

This entry is to showcase a song from a collection of songs that I wrote and recorded in 2017. The name of the album was The Year of My Birth [2017]. I had almost called it The Year of My Death [2017] to represent the death of my old self. Good thing I didn’t goContinue reading “Song Analysis: Finger Nine, by DrumWild”

The Babbling Brook

INTRODUCTIONThis story goes all the way back to sixth grade. Actually, it may go back even further, although I can fill that in with one sentence. When I was in first grade, I wanted to be a drummer, but my family could not afford to buy drums, so my only option was to play myContinue reading “The Babbling Brook”

A Non-Permanent Perspective of Music

By the end of 1988, I had mostly given up on the pursuit of an industry-focused music project. I did get pulled back into it in 1996 by a Filipina artist who went by Ruby Cassidy and is now known as “Mystica.” This attempt ended with her ripping me off. Plus, she is a MalignantContinue reading “A Non-Permanent Perspective of Music”

Music: Isolation and Socializing

Music has been my best friend for my entire life. It all started with my fascination about what was going on when my uncle’s band, The Sounder, was rehearsing at my grandmother’s house. I would sit behind the drummer and watch while wearing headphones. When the band took a break, I would go outdoors andContinue reading “Music: Isolation and Socializing”

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