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”

On Life and “Value”

INTRODUCTONThe value of a dollar is where I think this entry needs to start, because this is something that I think most people definitely understand. Replace that US dollar with your currency, and it still applies. In America, we do NOT use the Gold Standard, because there simply isn’t enough gold on the planet toContinue reading “On Life and “Value””

The Difficult Art of Effing Chill

Going for a walk is something that I have to make myself do, even though there are many times where I have enjoyed going on a walk in the past. It’s kind of like going to the doctor to get blood drawn. I’m nervous, get it done, think it’s no big deal, and then getContinue reading “The Difficult Art of Effing Chill”

When You Finally Get The Girl

INTRODUCTIONSo many adults seem to have forgotten what it is like to be a kid or a young adult. Fortunately for me, thanks to the power of Autism, I haven’t forgotten. I can recall the sensation rather easily, and I remember how I felt about certain things and people. For a young boy, there isContinue reading “When You Finally Get The Girl”

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”

Wanting Less Wanting

The scene is that of a man knocking on the door of an enlightened Zen Master. He had heard of this man and his abilities from the villagers he had encountered. He knocks again. The Zen Master answers the door. “My apologies for disturbing you. I have heard great things about your teachings, and IContinue reading “Wanting Less Wanting”

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”

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