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Zero Dark Forty: Celebrating 40 Years of Sobriety

September 14, 1976. We had just gotten through a very red, white, and blue summer, as we celebrated the country’s bicentennial. Jimmy Carter was in office, “Charlie’s Angels” ruled TV, and Boston’s debut album had just come out, so “More Than … Continue reading

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My “Richest” Possession, and the Eternal Discontent

In today’s entry, we return to the “Land of Enlightenment” in another excerpt from my book, Zentauria: My Season in the Warrior Utopia. As described in the first chapter, part of the conditions of my extended stay there involved integrating … Continue reading

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30 Days in April: A Drummer’s Perspective on the Halestorm/Lita Ford/Dorothy Tour

Gillioz Theater – Springfield, MO (pic by Gary Brown for Shovelhead Studios) In April of 2016, we were back in the bus and on arena and theater stages around the country with the Halestorm/Lita Ford/Dorothy tour. By all accounts, it … Continue reading

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In Pursuit of Virtuosity

I have nothing against DJs, turntables, programmed music, or hip-hop culture. I recognize these are legitimate modes of creative expression, and there are many men and women out there doing great things within each of these modalities. That said, I … Continue reading

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Embracing the Paparazzi and the Art of Non-Judgment

As some of you may know, my latest book, Zentauria, is based on the interaction with a highly-evolved, utopian society and a lot of Zen-like philosophical tenets. One of the key tenets highlighted throughout the adventure is mindfulness, which is … Continue reading

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Drum Solo

It’s no secret that I love to do drum solos. Grew up on ‘em. All my favorite players were monster soloists… and purveyors of the drumming art form in the process. Sadly, it’s become somewhat of a dying art, partly … Continue reading

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Embracing Excess – Ladies and Gentlemen, The Octopus!

A few years back I featured a special groove on my DVD, The Zen of Drumming, called “The Octopus.” It’s a one-bar pattern that utilizes 22 individual sound sources, and it had become a much-requested favorite from my solo drumming … Continue reading

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Brazil: Road Report 2013

My recent South American adventure was the fifth continent I hit in 2013, and it was a blast.  So in keeping with my tradition this year of blogging about my international travels, I wanted to write a little something about … Continue reading

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Japan 2013 – Road Report

It had been awhile since I toured The Land of the Rising Sun, so I was looking forward to heading back over with the Alcatrazz boys for a few shows.  It was the usual line-up; Graham Bonnet on lead vocals, … Continue reading

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Long live LIVE Drums!

Trying to bring the heavy groove for 50 Cent’s G-Unit artist Governor on his new record. As you might imagine, studio work in Los Angeles isn’t what it once was.  With so much music based around programming, machines, loops, and … Continue reading

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