April 7, 2009
My first experience was back in 1992, at a little Rainbow gathering in SW wisconsin. I had to have more of that. I began making my own drums in 1996, and I still want more. So, here we all are. Let's create a great ryhthm for our present and future.
Gosh. It seems like every time I pick one for myself, someone comes along that must have just that one. I do have one that seemed to choose me. Not suprisingly, I have never had anyone ask for it. I tend to think that a drum does choose it's player.
America is creating it's own style of drumming. It's a new culture that did not exist here before. It is something that the children will grow up with because we created it here. I love the improv of an unstructured circle. It's new every time.
My thanks go out to Cherylann Kelly, Ubaka Hill, and the dudes from Rhythm Quest in Florida. I learned a lot for you all. Thanks to all the drummers at Lothlorian, Starwood, PSG, and all the bonfires for being there to create the sound with. Cheers.
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When a group of drummers is in the groove around a fire, and folks are dancing to the music we make, it's pure magic. I'm all about having those moments being frequent and high caliber. Sure, I do make drums, but it's about gathering the people.