Thursday, January 26, 2012
Monday, January 16, 2012
Thursday, January 12, 2012
Wednesday, January 11, 2012
Tuesday, January 10, 2012
I am a huge advocate of music education and I'm really concerned about the current state of musical development when it comes to our children. Don't get me wrong, these children are super talented and they are playing things that I've never seen before but the problem is their lack of substance and true foundation. All they seemed to be focused on is having chops. Who can play the most notes and who can play the fastest? There are websites dedicated to nothing but showcasing your CHOPS. Well what about groove and musical interpretation? Young musicians are not learning the history. I've been playing drums over half my life and there are still certain fundamentals that have not changed but a lot of these younger guys see no reason to learn the basics such as the James Brown, Motown, Stax, Philly, Shuffles, Second Line, One Drop, Swing & the list goes on and on. They feel as if they can create something brand new without ever learning and respecting what came before them. Before we can create, we must imitate. If you are going to be a working musician, writer or producer, it is important to understand the history and develop a musical vocabulary. Music is not about stroking your own ego with how fast you can play. Music is about having the discipline to only give the music what it needs to groove and grow. If that means four on the floor with very few fills, then so be it. I've never seen anybody get hired based on chops but I have seen guys get fired because they overplayed. We are all lifetime students and it is vital that we embrace the music that came before us so that as we create, we can do so in a contributory fashion. Focus on building a musical vocabulary and writing great songs with distinct melodies, not just on chops for the sack of chops. That kind of playing is soulless and self serving. Enjoy the journey.
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Thursday, January 5, 2012
Tuesday, January 3, 2012
As we embark on a new year, let's get it started on the right foot. We can't build on memories or mistakes. What I mean is what has past has past and we can't go back nor can we allow others to pull us back. From this day forward, deal only with what you want. Success is about moving ahead not sideways or backwards. A lot of us have been in situations that we've had to let go of in order to move to a better place. The key for the new year is staying focused on the things that will contribute to your success. We can't allow ourselves to be pulled into ANY kind of negative relationships or conversations. The best response to ignorance is not to respond at all. No need to waste any time on drama. Any time spent on drama is time away from achieving your success. There are those that just live to keep up trouble. These are people that don't know what they want and this can be the most dangerous type of person to someone who is focused because dealing with someone who is indecisive, negative and unfocused can only poison your situation. 2012 is going to be a great year. We just have to commit ALL of our words, time and actions toward making it so. Happy New Year and enjoy the journey.
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