Month: August 2014

That which is overwhelmingly and obnoxiously ‘Miguel’

I wanted to follow up and expand on an idea I wrote about recently. I was talking about being persistent in networking with and meeting musicians. One of the outcomes of those efforts was being asked by three different bandleaders

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In praise of Derek Rieth (RIP)

I got very sad news today–my primary Brazilian drum teacher from Portland, Derek Rieth, passed away earlier this week. Derek’s ‘big gig’ was Pink Martini, and it was no surprise why he got that gig–I know of no human who

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The merits of getting out there when you don’t feel 100% ready…

I’ve been part of a group of people taking a course called Connect With Anyone (CWA) which is about connecting with people on a genuine level (some call it ‘anti-networking’ 😉 in order to create a network of support around

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The ‘it’ thing–thoughts on my aesthetic approach

I was just reading an article in Drumhead magazine (my favorite drum magazine–yes there’s more than one ;). It was an interview with Ash Soan, a UK drummer who’s played with Adele and Ceelo Green among others. The cool thing

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How I made the leap to pursue a career I love, version 3.0–how I dealt with resistance to my new lifestyle

Having read what I  wrote before about what I did right and what went wrong, I was reminded of another important issue–how to deal with resistance from your family and friends and loved ones as you are making this transition. In my case,

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