Monthly Archives: January 2017

Give the Student Something Positive to Remember About Drumming

SKF NOTE: Thinking the last few days about my boring first drum teacher. A nearby music store employee, I don’t remember his name, but he and I were sitting in a closet size room with a drum pad. “You need to … Continue reading

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Jim Gordon: ‘Gordon Lightfoot Was a Very Methodical Man’

SKF NOTE: Here’s the second excerpt from my interview with Jim Gordon. We had been talking about his work as a studio drummer/percussionist. I asked Jim if he had any favorite records from his studio days. After citing a few … Continue reading

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Appreciating Drummer Photos Pre-Internet

SKF NOTE: I suppose drummers coming of age with the internet offering limitless video and sounds of famous drummers, will never understand the impact of a single magazine photo on drummers coming of age with magazines, books, and rare t.v. … Continue reading

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M’BOOM Interview (1983)

SKF NOTE: Every time boxes of the new Modern Drummer arrived at the MD office it was exciting. Each issue was the culmination of team work by many people. MD’s entire crew – editors, artists, ad sales, subscriptions. The music … Continue reading

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Blake Tyson: ‘Not Far from Here’

SKF NOTE: One of the most beautiful pieces of music I’ve heard in a long time. Thank you, Blake Tyson. This version of Not Far from Here is included in the Percussive Arts Society’s 2016 In Memoriam Tribute video – … Continue reading

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Jimmy Webb: Walking a Road is Easier Than Hiking Through Woods

SKF NOTE: This interview happened in 1983 at Jimmy Webb‘s home in upstate New York. The full transcript, from which I copied this segment, was my source for a short profile published in Mix magazine. Jimmy Webb remains one of … Continue reading

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Jim Gordon: “I Was Gearing Myself to Be a Studio Musician”

SKF NOTE: This week I digitized my 35-year old interview with musician Jim Gordon. The interview back story — including the less-than-optimum circumstances under which it took place – is described in my blog post of Jim Gordon‘s Modern Drummer … Continue reading

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