Monthly Archives: March 2015

Gary Chester on Developing Good Time

SKF NOTE: I found the full transcript from my 1983 interview with Gary Chester, published that year in the April Modern Drummer. The transcript is about twice as long as a typical MD feature interview at that time, suggesting Gary shared words … Continue reading

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Revisiting My Life in Music: The Earliest Music in My Life

In my first blog post I write of how important to my eventual music writing was hearing, at age six, my Uncle Bob’s recording of Gene Krupa‘s China Boy, and also, discovering Uncle Bob’s mismatched four-piece drumset and loving its … Continue reading

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Digital Services: Giving Every Child a Chance to Know Beautiful Music

Music Education Needs to Be a Click Away David Gelernter, computer expert and author, on how to use the ‘cloud’ to bring Beethoven to young people By DAVID GELERNTER March 20, 2015 12:54 p.m. ET Most children learn nothing about … Continue reading

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Neil Diamond: Two Songs from an $11,000 Guitar

[SKF NOTE: Yesterday I finished reading a Steve Earle biography. In it, there’s mention of Mr. Earle buying guitars when he senses the guitar has a ghost or a song in it. I find that fascinating. This snippet from Neil … Continue reading

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Kenney Jones: A Small Faces Reunion in 2015

[SKF NOTE: The Small Faces (aka, The Faces) are one of the great rock bands. I especially loved the looseness, the spirit when I was a high school listener. Infectious.] All or Nothing Rock & roll’s MVP keyboardist, Ian McLagan, … Continue reading

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Revisiting My Life in Music: Keys to Becoming a Music Writer

SKF NOTE: Thinking back. This is a list of qualities/skills I think helped or were essential in becoming a music writer. More important, these qualities/skills will serve well anyone wanting to be a music writier. This list will also help … Continue reading

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American Revolution: Everything Was Bad if the Drummers Were

VIDEOS: Upper Dublin teacher ‘drums up’ Revolutionary War history Published: Saturday, March 14, 2015 By Linda Finarelli Upper Dublin — In the…1770s…listening to the beat of the drum was…a way of life. That message was brought home to the eighth-graders … Continue reading

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