The Group Project and Destructive Behavior

My second year of college was in 1984/85. After becoming disillusioned with a Percussion Arts degree, I changed my focus to T-Comm. That is, Telecommunications, or radio and television. I lost confidence in my Percussion Arts degree because my main professor, Richard Paul, who was my drum teacher since 8th grade, was not showing upContinue reading “The Group Project and Destructive Behavior”

Online Insults

It’s a truly rare event when I see a comment. Not too long ago, I got a comment on one of my videos. “Sounds like you need some drum lessons. Hit me up if you’re in the area.” This is the kind of comment that I can see being taken as an insult. To me,Continue reading “Online Insults”

Early Saturday Thoughts

This morning, I woke up thinking about Bill Spooner, The Tubes, and what might be the most harmonically sophisticated power ballad of the 80s, “Don’t Want to Wait Anymore.” The lyrics in the verses are a bit hokey, but it is a power ballad. I’m typically not a fan, but I make an exception forContinue reading “Early Saturday Thoughts”

Grandma Warned Me About Van Halen

It was the Spring of 1978, and I had just turned 13 years old a few months earlier. I had been spending time listening to a cassette tape making the rounds at my Indiana school. It was as bootleg of a new band playing their last local show in Pasadena, because they were about toContinue reading “Grandma Warned Me About Van Halen”

John Lennon: 1940-1980 in 2020

As of today, John Lennon has been dead for pretty much as long as he had been alive. That’s something to wrap one’s head around. It is an observation that prompts the consideration of how short life can be. Everyone has a story about where they were when this happened. Today, I will tell mine.Continue reading “John Lennon: 1940-1980 in 2020”

Autism and Music

I was drawn to music at a very early age. While I do play multiple instruments, drums were my first love. I just couldn’t get enough of the rhythmic sounds that could be produced. By the time I got to high school band, I was completely taking charge of my musical experience. I would writeContinue reading “Autism and Music”

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