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Are You The Lion? Or The Gazelle?

A student came into his lesson last week wearing a shirt from his school’s track team. The back of it read: In case your browser has difficulty displaying the image, I’ve included it below. No problems viewing? Read it again anyway . . . Every morning in...

What Do You Listen To While Writing?

Do you listen to music while writing? I, for one, have a difficult time keeping my mind from dissecting the intricacies of any song that’s playing while I’m in the creative, yet focused, mode that I require while sitting down to write an article, formal...

Just Quit Trying Already

One of the books that has most influenced my approach to teaching percussion lessons is Barry Green’s The Inner Game of Music. Based on principles found in the highly championed The Inner Game of Tennis and Inner Skiing, by Tim Gallwey, the book is a beautiful...

Gather Your Troops

I hate asking for help. I usually pride myself on autonomy and self-reliance. And, I’ve recently been reminded how extremely limiting that can be. “Alone we can do so little. Together we can do so much.” (Helen Keller) For a while now, I have been...

Havana & the Universal Language of Music

“Hmm,” I think to myself, “there’s a live band in here; this seems like the place to stop.” I’ve only been on the island a couple of hours, but it’s time to catch some music, maybe a Cuban sandwich and that Mojito that I...

A Year In The Life (2010 Review)

Whew . . . what a year! (Click on links throughout for more details) At the suggestion of several friends and musical/traveling cohorts, and without knowing the slightest bit about what I was doing, I ran my first ever post on January 1st of this year. BAM!...

The Donating Drummer

Super excited am I! Today is exactly three weeks from the launch date of my new project, TheDonatingDrummer! The long and short of TheDonatingDrummer is simple: beginning this December, I will be donating all or part of my pay from one music gig each month to fund a...

Showing Up And Following Through

Today’s post is a little different than most. We’re going to start off with, yes . . . a reading assignment. Stop everything else, close the door, get comfortable and go read the following story posted yesterday by my friend, Joel Runyon. But be sure to...

4+ Jerks, 1 Lesson

Bikers, travelers, and musicians . . . oh my! All about the analogies today, let me explain four ways that I’ve learned the same lesson. And we begin with a story . . . (1) I’m driving down Powell Boulevard in Portland yesterday morning when a motorcyclist...