Wow. Hello everybody. It has sure been a while (just about 5 years) since I wrote anything here. Needless to say, life has gotten a bit busy. I won’t even try to go into every detail of the last several years to try and summarize whats going on. Instead, Ill just pretend that lengthy hiatus never happened. Perfect.
I am stuck here at home, like most of you. Stuck isnt really a great way of putting it, though. I am enjoying my forced time away from the rest of the world as much as I can. We have two kids now, aged 5 and 3, so that takes most of the time, and while its tiring and certainly challenging, its also very rewarding and a lot of fun. Even before this COVID business, I hadnt really been playing many gigs out in the wild, other than some really outstanding theatre work at Geva Theatre and SUNY Geneseo, with the inimitable Don Kot. I am trying hard to play drums when I can, but practice time, and also writing time, is at a real minimum right now. I do have some ideas coming though, including a new launch of some Normal People music. Also trying hard to keep up with great TV shows, podcasts, albums, and the occasional book.
I am most excited right this moment about my drum set solo book that I have had 99% finished for a long long time, and am just now tightening down the details. This is NOT the soloDRUMsolo book featuring my solo commissions, though that should make an appearance soon too. This is a book written for drum set students who want to learn some stylistic jazz licks, but find a lot of whats out there to be inaccessible. I remember being a student, and wishing someone could distill ALL that was out there into something more manageable. I know the best work is the hard work, and transcribing and listening to the greats is obviously the way. But what about a kid who doesnt really have the time or interest to devote in that way? Should they then not be able to enjoy and learn something that sounds like Billy Higgins might have played? I think that might still be ok, and thats been my aim with this book. So if you are so inclined, head over to the “Compositions” page and give it a look. While youre there, check out my other compositions for percussion. Maybe theres something youd enjoy!
Stay inside, wash your hands, hopefully Ill see you soon.