My blog is about music mostly. It’s about life lessons I would pass on to my children – if I had children. I hope some of these stories will be of use to someone. Maybe aspiring musicians or music journalists.
In Maine I’m best known, I’m sure, for my political career 1989-2012.
But music is my first love, starting at about age six while listening to my Uncle Bob’s recording the Gene Krupa Quartet playing of China Boy. I fell in love with drums and music. The first half of my life was devoted to playing, teaching, studying, and writing about music. All kinds of music.. The apex of those years was when I was managing editor of Modern Drummer magazine (1980-1983).
I started freelance writing for MD in 1976. When I left the magazine in October 1983 I had written almost half MD‘s feature articles.
I never lost my love of music, never stopped listening, playing, studying. And I’ve been blessed to have met some incredible musicians. Some remain close friends.
So my blog is about passing on stories. Not gossip, not “tell all” crap. News you can use.
During my 1983 MD interview with drummer Bill Bruford, he said my interview questions were not the run-of-the-mill drum interview questions about what happens when a drummer is sitting at a drumset, i.e. What kind of sticks do you use? My questions, Bill said, are about “life beyond the cymbals.”