Monthly Archives: April 2015

Revisiting My Life in Music: The Rise of Writing Influences

SKF NOTE: I’ve written about some of my key musical influences. But what about my writing influences? When did that start? I am surprised I cannot pinpoint a specific moment when I fell in love with writing. My parents were … Continue reading

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Rhythm: Who Could Ask for Anything More?

[SKF NOTE: All that’s missing is the hamster wheel.] Today in Crazy Instruments: Meet Yamaha’s 360-Degree Spherical Drum Kit 04/18/2015 [W]e…present you Raijin, Yamaha’s 360-degree spherical drum set. [T]he kit allows musicians to take on a different approach to … Continue reading

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Are Drummers a Dying Breed?

Linn Drum (Photo courtesy A Drum Forum drummer using the name “homeby5” has thread titled, “Are We a Dying Breed?” “When I was young I was attracted like crazy to live music with one catch….they had to have a … Continue reading

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Stradivarius Tympani: Like Itzhak Perlman, Only Louder

[SKF NOTE: Three musical discoveries in this story: The Stradivarius drums, a copyist mistake in a Vivaldi concerto, and the identity of the musicianĀ for whom Stradivarius built the tympani. Nice.] A Sale Is Booming: Rare Stradivarius Drums Up For Auction … Continue reading

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Joe English on Jaimoe: He Was Incredible

SKF NOTE: Joe English was tough to interview. Here’s what I wrote as part of the interview introduction in the June 1986 Modern Drummer: “Joe English agreed to to this interview in 1980. Then he disappeared. In 1983, I got … Continue reading

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