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Frank Zappa Pops Up and Says Hello

I went through a period in my mid-twenties where the music I most loved became bland and two dimensional. I was listening to mostly be-bop and Western classical music of the Romantic period. Then one day, the groovy noodlings of Messr’s Parker and Gillespie lost their allure and the pomp of Beethoven and Mahler just seemed childish. I was in India at the time and I guess the change of context affected my response to music. And it wasn’t a… Read More »Frank Zappa Pops Up and Says Hello

Ain’t In It For My Health – Levon Helm Documentary

I just spotted this on Youtube. I can’t wait to see this movie. From the website, Director Jacob Hatley’s intimate documentary finds Mr. Helm at home in Woodstock, NY, in the midst of creating his first studio album in 25 years. Shot during the course of two-plus years, this highly anticipated film focuses in on the four-time Grammy winner and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame member after his 2007 comeback album, Dirt Farmer, brought him back to the… Read More »Ain’t In It For My Health – Levon Helm Documentary

Interview With Billy Ward

Not So Modern Drummer offers this interview with Billy Ward, a great drummer, a brilliant teacher and an all ’round cool cat. Billy’s energy and enthusiasm are quite infectious and his generosity and good nature are second to none. I’ve had the privilege of seeing him in the flesh a couple of times and his DVD Big Time and book Inside Out are a couple of the best things in the world to do with playing the drum kit. Click… Read More »Interview With Billy Ward

One of the greatest bands I know

OK, I am being a very slack blogger. Here is a little something to keep things moving – Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers with the fabulous Steve Ferrone. The story goes that when the band went in to record Wildflowers with Rick Rubin they were looking for a new drummer. They auditioned tons of drummers (yes, we are measured by the ton) at the recording studio. Mr Ferrone showed up and they played through this song. “It’s a take!” said… Read More »One of the greatest bands I know