Monthly Archives: March 2015

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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Ballard and Rainey: Jazz is an Open-Source Code

Irish Times Never mind the whiplash, here’s some proper jazz drumming lessons Don’t believe everything you see at the movies: for great jazz sticksmen Jeff Ballard and Tom Rainey, being mentored was a joy – although Ray Charles was no … Continue reading

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Young Drummer/DJ Says Earplugs Helpful

WSJ.com – YOUR HEALTH Is Your Music Too Loud? Experts Say It May Be If It Is Louder Than a Microwave’s Beep To lessen hearing-loss risk, some experts say listen to loud music with earbuds for less than an hour … Continue reading

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Revisiting My Life in Music: First Meeting with MD Founder Ron Spagnardi

I first met Modern Drummer founder/publisher Ron Spagnardi probably in the summer of 1978. MD‘s office was the basement of the Spagnardi home at 47 Harrison Street, Nutley, NJ. MD was still a quarterly publication. Nothing fancy about the basement. … Continue reading

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