Category Archives: Revisiting My Life in Music

The Joyful, Continuing Path of a Musical Self-Education

  SKF NOTE: I found a monaural cut-out copy of John Coltrane’s Africa/Brass album in a drugstore on a wire display rack filled with cut-out albums. Africa/Brass is the John Coltrane Quartet with a big band. That was my introduction … Continue reading

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Rethinking Customers Who Acted Stupid

SKF NOTE: Thinking back on my years as a professional drummer, there were very, very few times I snapped in anger at customers. The common thread involved someone mistreating my drums because they were drunk, showing off, or just lacked … Continue reading

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Music Interviews and the ‘Me Too’ Syndrome

SKF NOTE: These last few weeks I’ve started digitizing my drummer interview audiocassettes. That is, I’m recording copies of the interviews to my MacBook from a cassette deck. As I do so, I’m discovering, or reminding myself, of interview “do’s” … Continue reading

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Scott K Fish Mel Lewis Interview 1978

SKF NOTE: In this earlier post I wrote of how pivotal a moment was my meeting and interviewing Mel Lewis. This interview was notable for another reason. It was published in the April 1978 Modern Drummer along with my Carmine Appice … Continue reading

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The Making of a Joe Morello Ad

SKF NOTE: The making of an in-house ad for Modern Drummer. Here’s a nice letter from Joe Morello written to me after I had been MD‘s managing editor for one month. Joe was among the drummers I interviewed MD when … Continue reading

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Tracking the Elusive Crisp Snare Drum

SKF NOTE: It was years and years before I found someone who could — and did — explain how to tune a snare drum to get the crisp sound of Joe Morello, Ed Thigpen, Buddy Rich, Elvin Jones, Max Roach … Continue reading

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Freelance Writing: Today and Yesterday

SKF NOTE: One aspect of the pre-internet days I miss, and have not yet replaced, is paid freelance writing for music magazines and newspapers. Freelance writing was a great way to sharpen researching/writing skills. A great way to record for … Continue reading

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