Monthly Archives: May 2014

Victor Wooten’s “The Music Lesson” is a Keeper

Finished reading Victor Wooten’s The Music Lesson this week. Mr. Wooten is perhaps known best as bassist with Bela Fleck & the Flecktones.  I like to underscore in pencil favorite book parts: words I’m learning for the first time, phrases … Continue reading

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Personal Growth as a Drummer Thru Painful Moments

SKF NOTE: My personal growth as a drummer often came in the wake of painful moments. For example, I’m remembering the day I subbed on live t.v. with the Warren Parrish Trio in Moline, Illinois. The trio’s regular drummer, Tommy … Continue reading

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The Case for Anonymous Web Posting

Ask someone what bothers them most about internet web forums. They’re likely to answer, “Anonymous posters. People who post comments under fake names.” Recently, Dr. Brene Brown’s TED Talk on creativity and vulnerability prompted me to buy and read her … Continue reading

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Touch Wood in a Japanese Forest with Bach

I love everything about this. I love the percussion. I love the forest. I love the brains, heart, and creativity that figured out how to do this. I love that it is captured on film. Thank you.

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Max Roach: One Original Idea

I first saw Max Roach live in a Chicago jazz club with his quartet. Cecil Bridgewater (flugelhorn), Odean Pope (sax), and I can’t remember the bassist. Maybe it was Calvin Hill. I noticed a twentysomething guy sitting in the audience … Continue reading

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Selling My Records, Except One

As I write, a record dealer I’ve never met is combing through boxes of my lifelong collection of Long Playing (LP) records. About 2000 LP’s total. This morning I remembered one LP I want to keep. It is Mel Lewis’s … Continue reading

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