We are coming up on the last week of fundraising for the children’s book, Lionel’s Drum! https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/15536558/lionels-drum
If there is any way you would be willing to spare a buck or two to get this project off the ground, it would be greatly appreciated! I know money is tight in this day and age, but this is a truly worthwhile project to get kids back into music and adults remember the joy of making music. Above is one of the illustrations of Asheville artist, Gail Smith from the book. Music is one of the most important tools we can use to express emotion and I hope this book will help children learn about the power of music and adults to remember why it is so special.

We are coming up on the last week of fundraising for the children’s book, Lionel’s Drum! https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/15536558/lionels-drum

If there is any way you would be willing to spare a buck or two to get this project off the ground, it would be greatly appreciated! I know money is tight in this day and age, but this is a truly worthwhile project to get kids back into music and adults remember the joy of making music. Above is one of the illustrations of Asheville artist, Gail Smith from the book. Music is one of the most important tools we can use to express emotion and I hope this book will help children learn about the power of music and adults to remember why it is so special.

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Leedy Drums: probably some of the coolest and best quality drums ever built. Started in Indianapolis Indiana in 1895, Leedy invented and defined the modern drum manufacturing company model as we know it. They were making solid shell drums, milling their own hardware, creating the tools and die pieces to make their own hardware and parts, as well as doing all of their finish work in house. They even made and tanned their own calfskin heads! There are not many companies that do all these steps anymore, much less in America. Check out this video for a cool and brief history of Leedy drums and an exhibit on them at the Rhythm! Discovery Center museum in Indianapolis.

Speaking of drum making, please help me to get my book published on drums and music making for children! https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/15536558/lionels-drum

Mr. Holland’s Opus: probably one of the must see band movies of all time if you love music. This movie tells a really great story about how music can profoundly impact and change all of our lives. It also has a great soundtrack too, which every movie about music should. Do you remember a teacher or musician that profoundly impacted you in pursuing your musical path?

Help fund my children’s book that is about children’s lives being changed through music here: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/15536558/lionels-drum

The photo above is from the upcoming children’s book called Lionel’s Drum. Please Help me fund this book here: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/15536558/lionels-drum

Day 10: Why Lionel’s Drum was written-

When I sat down to write this book, I was somewhat disheartened and alarmed from my previous job on the state of music and what it meant to kids. I previously was a programming and educational tour guide at an interactive museum for music. When we would ask kids what kind of music they liked, they could not name anything. Not even a genre. These were kids that were in 4th grade and up and the answers did vary. Most people I grew up with can name the first CD they got or that monumental moment when they finally got a Sony Discman and could carry around their music with them. Some odd kids like me had Walkman tape players which I used to play tapes of LP records I made. The one observation I continually noticed was that the shy kids would be the most involved when we got to the interactive part of the tour where kids would play on drums and other percussion instruments. Because music has become less a part of curriculum due to budget cuts and other reasons, one could argue that kids today have one less outlet of expressing themselves. If you can’t play music or draw art during class and have a hard time speaking up, where do you go? Many of these kids stay at home and stare at a computer and become further isolated, filling their heads with things from the internet. I feel very strongly about education for everyone and remember how hard school was if you are shy or awkward which I was. Being able to play my drum was a tremendous stress relief and a way to express myself! I hope kids will see this book and be inspired to pick up an instrument and form a band!

The photo above is from the upcoming children’s book called Lionel’s Drum. Please Help me fund this book here: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/15536558/lionels-drum

Day 10: Why Lionel’s Drum was written-

When I sat down to write this book, I was somewhat disheartened and alarmed from my previous job on the state of music and what it meant to kids. I previously was a programming and educational tour guide at an interactive museum for music. When we would ask kids what kind of music they liked, they could not name anything. Not even a genre. These were kids that were in 4th grade and up and the answers did vary. Most people I grew up with can name the first CD they got or that monumental moment when they finally got a Sony Discman and could carry around their music with them. Some odd kids like me had Walkman tape players which I used to play tapes of LP records I made. The one observation I continually noticed was that the shy kids would be the most involved when we got to the interactive part of the tour where kids would play on drums and other percussion instruments. Because music has become less a part of curriculum due to budget cuts and other reasons, one could argue that kids today have one less outlet of expressing themselves. If you can’t play music or draw art during class and have a hard time speaking up, where do you go? Many of these kids stay at home and stare at a computer and become further isolated, filling their heads with things from the internet. I feel very strongly about education for everyone and remember how hard school was if you are shy or awkward which I was. Being able to play my drum was a tremendous stress relief and a way to express myself! I hope kids will see this book and be inspired to pick up an instrument and form a band!

Day 10: What was your first drum method book? I remember the first book I ever picked up for drumming was the Elementary Drum Method by Roy Burns. I only had a practice pad and was trying to teach myself a couple things before beginning school band camp the next week. I think it was 1999 or 2000 when I first purchased the book and absolutely nothing has changed with this book! I really like the old covers of these books and the designs and fonts on them. Most of the books today feature the drummer who wrote them featured prominently on the cover with some kind of photo that will end up looking dated in around 5 years. But some how the classic look of these books seems to endure as well as the content inside them. Most of these old books I reference all the time, as if conjuring some kind of drum magic out of them!

Please help me fund the book that started it all!

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"The Artist is like a secretary, whether he is a writer, a musician or a painter: He keeps records of his time." -Max Roach

Max Roach has to be one of the most inspirational and artistic drummers of the past century. Just take a listen to his solo on “Blue Seven” by Sonny Rollins or “The drum also waltzes” to see what I mean. He also appeared on the Cosby show at one point!

Max helped inspire the book I am writing which can be found here: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/15536558/lionels-drum Please help me fund it so we can get kids back into learning music!

Day 8: When we talk about what the drummer’s job is, it is to groove. This groove is an overwhelming feeling that makes people want to move. It makes the old man with a sour look on his face begin to tap his foot. It makes little kids yell “yay!” loudly when a song is over. When I think about drummers who do this, I immediately think of Steve Jordan. As seen in this video, the intensity of which he plays is overwhelming. Because his groove is so intense, you don’t even need music behind him to understand what he saying on the drummers. One could listen to an entire concert of just this groove with no feeling of boredom. Groove could really be considered more of a state of just being rather than a noun. It is in fact a “thing” but really, it is so much more than that on many levels.

Please help me fund my kickstarter campaign to publish my book about finding yourself through music here! https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/15536558/lionels-drum

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Day 7: Stanton Moore has to be one of my favorite drummers of all time. He is also one of the nicest and coolest guys you will ever meet. When I was a senior in high school, I did a report on drums and my English teacher asked me who my favorite drummer was? I happened to say Stanton Moore and she replied “oh, I know all of the members of Galactic and Stanton is a friend of mine.” I probably looked completely shell shocked as she offered to get my dad and me on the guest list of the Galactic show in our home town. True to her word, we got backstage passes and I got to meet Stanton for the first time. He showed me his kit and we talked drums for a while until he had to go back on. I thought it was really cool he would take the time to talk to a dorky high schooler in a Zildjian T-Shirt. The sax player for Galactic also spoke with me and gave me his harmonica! I still recall this as one of my favorite weekends ever.

Help inspire other kids to be drummers by donating to my book here!

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Day 6: This is a poem about the drum that inspired Lionel’s Gold Drum, which you can donate to here: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/15536558/lionels-drum


About this Gold Drum

 

About this Gold drum I have, it sits in the corner, not played often.

I don’t really know why I bought it, other than I like the way it looks. 

I don’t really know why I keep it, other than it reminds me of you. 

I bought it long ago at an auction, and played it a handful of times. 

But, one time in particular I can not forget.

 

It was the summer of an art project we did together, a short film. 

I thought you were one of the kindest girls I’d ever met. 

You were stubborn and hard to work with, but somehow this was endearing.

We’d spend evenings riding in my convertible, talking about whatever came to mind. 

I really miss that time. 

 

That summer, I played my little gold parade drum for a gig close by. 

My mother suggested I bring you along, but I wasn’t sure. 

I didn’t know if you would want to come along or would be bored?

Would you feel like a “jazz girlfriend”, lingering in the background while I played with the other judgemental jazz musicians?

I thought about it, but dismissed it. I wish I had brought you along, though. 

 

Funny, even though I never played this drum for you, it reminds me of you and for that, I can not let it go. It was a beautiful time in my life, that I still long to achieve once again. This little gold drum probably performed many half-time shows for a high school marching band somewhere. Some school with gold in their school colors, carried by an awkward high school student, like I once was. I like this about it. 

About this gold drum, it doesn’t really sound that good. I hardly use it for this reason too, except to play at church once a year. But, it reminds me of you. It reminds me of us. It reminds me of jazz and the happiness that elegance can bring. This gold drum is simple, just like how I would like to be. Just like how I wish you could be.

 

 

Day 6: This is a poem about the drum that inspired Lionel’s Gold Drum, which you can donate to here: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/15536558/lionels-drum

About this Gold Drum

 

About this Gold drum I have, it sits in the corner, not played often.

I don’t really know why I bought it, other than I like the way it looks.

I don’t really know why I keep it, other than it reminds me of you.

I bought it long ago at an auction, and played it a handful of times.

But, one time in particular I can not forget.

 

It was the summer of an art project we did together, a short film.

I thought you were one of the kindest girls I’d ever met.

You were stubborn and hard to work with, but somehow this was endearing.

We’d spend evenings riding in my convertible, talking about whatever came to mind.

I really miss that time.

 

That summer, I played my little gold parade drum for a gig close by.

My mother suggested I bring you along, but I wasn’t sure.

I didn’t know if you would want to come along or would be bored?

Would you feel like a “jazz girlfriend”, lingering in the background while I played with the other judgemental jazz musicians?

I thought about it, but dismissed it. I wish I had brought you along, though.

 

Funny, even though I never played this drum for you, it reminds me of you and for that, I can not let it go. It was a beautiful time in my life, that I still long to achieve once again. This little gold drum probably performed many half-time shows for a high school marching band somewhere. Some school with gold in their school colors, carried by an awkward high school student, like I once was. I like this about it.


About this gold drum, it doesn’t really sound that good. I hardly use it for this reason too, except to play at church once a year. But, it reminds me of you. It reminds me of us. It reminds me of jazz and the happiness that elegance can bring. This gold drum is simple, just like how I would like to be. Just like how I wish you could be.

 

 

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