Thursday, January 7, 2010


The medium of drumming has always fascinated me. It's a multitasker's dream and a musician's anchor. Each piece is a wonder. Each component providing something to every's just expensive to get all the pieces. :-) Anybody got a used gong?

Just the cymbals themselves provide an amazing experience. I always imagine each cymbal as an explosion of sound I can use over and over. Besides the rhythm and beat, the pick ups and fillers give me so much creative power.

Making drum tape mixes with other songs (using artists like Living Colour, Phil Collins and other drum greats) and matching the beats on my Uncle Jim's borrowed drum set in Mom and Dad's basement. Playing "No Sleep 'Til Brooklyn" by the Beastie Boys with my brother Steve on the guitar. Playing with my high school bandmates. Sometimes I would play for therapy...other times for development. I always enjoy every minute.

Now I have a great full set (fantastic garage sale find just up the road from us two summers ago). The girls and I even decorated the area this year with those clear CDs (usually at the top of blank CD packs) strung together with fishing line. A constant wonder, which gradually has ebbed into my writing. I have a hard time writing poetry or creative writing without some incorporated rhythm. :-)

So, if you haven't drummed. Try it. Make it loud! Make each hit count.

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