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?”

“Buying Stuff” by Hot Dad: Fretless 5-String Bass Treatment

It was a rainy day today, so I got a major bug in my brow and decided to test out my “new” set-up with regard to making videos. By “new,” I mean a different configuration of existing gear, but without the powerful desktop computer. GEAR USEDSamsung Note 9 [VIDEO]Ibanez GWB35 Gary Willis Signature Fretless 5-StringContinue reading ““Buying Stuff” by Hot Dad: Fretless 5-String Bass Treatment”

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”

PS: Happy Rush Day!

Today is the 21st of December, or 2112. That makes today Rush Day! The first song I learned on electric guitar was “Fly By Night” by Rush. The first album where I sat and worked to learn all three parts as best I could was “Permanent Waves”by Rush. It’s a band that I’ve been listeningContinue reading “PS: Happy Rush Day!”

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”

A Very Personal Argument in Favor of Music on Physical Media

LET’S SET THE MOODIt’s pre-Spring 1984 in the Midwest; still cold, snowy, and within blizzard season. I’m almost wrapping up my first year of college. This girl in the dorms liked me, but it really wasn’t mutual. She chased me around for a while. Later in the year, she introduced me to her sister, andContinue reading “A Very Personal Argument in Favor of Music on Physical Media”

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”

Why Write About That Song?

In yesterday’s entry, I wrote about an old song I had recorded with a friend in a DIY setting in 1985. I even uploaded the song, which is in draft mode. It’s not what would be considered “demo” status, and definitely not “radio-ready.” So why share the song? Why write about it? Why put itContinue reading “Why Write About That Song?”

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