When I Was Happier [IDTAP]

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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”

A Duh Moment: To All The Girls I’ve Loved Before

It happens to me on occasion, where somebody will say or write something and it will strike me in a profound way. I call this “a duh moment.” The subject will usually be something so blatantly obvious, and yet it will also be something that I did not consider to stop and think about. ThisContinue reading “A Duh Moment: To All The Girls I’ve Loved Before”

Emergency Dental, Commodore 64, and an Ex-Girlfriend

EMERGENCY DENTALI have an early afternoon emergency dental appointment to deal with some pain in my lower left back molar. When this type of pain shows up, the last thing you want to do is the idiot dance that occurs when you’re dealing with making a dental appointment. They make these appointments THREE MONTHS OUT!Continue reading “Emergency Dental, Commodore 64, and an Ex-Girlfriend”

When the CEO Screws the Company [and other issues]

It was late 2000 and I had been working for this company for about one year. I had my performance review and was told that I would be receiving a 5% pay raise. I had been working jobs since 1980, when I had my summer job. This would be my first-ever pay raise on theContinue reading “When the CEO Screws the Company [and other issues]”

Toxic Work Environments

Toxic work environments are destructive to workers. One would think that the Board would want a work environment to not be destructive, because it may impact profitability. However, when there is corruption in management on up, they may give the appearance of being profitable at the expense of the workers. Today, I’m going to tellContinue reading “Toxic Work Environments”

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”

Celebrities and Attitudes About Music

I’ve been a musician my entire life, and I spent 33 years in Los Angeles making music. These are two topics that go hand-in-hand for a variety of reasons. The thing that these two topics have in common with everyone is that people have different attitudes about them. Sometimes those attitudes can be toxic orContinue reading “Celebrities and Attitudes About Music”

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