Saturday, January 31, 2015

Student's Tribute to Normie Wayne-

  This student and I are both named, Linda. I recorded the last part of Normie saying 'hi' to my first drum teacher, Steve. This student added it to the tribute, which is perfect. We share the same sentiments.
  The small room upstairs, where this student plays the drums in this tribute, is the same room I went to for my lessons, and undoubtedly the same drums all of us students played and learned on.

Friday, January 30, 2015

Then...Great Guitarist friends

This was a jam at a rented studio where all the old  neighborhood musicians gathered for a night of great playing. Some traveled to be there. Most of these guys have been playing guitar since they were teens. Each had/has their own distinct style. All great. Still are.

                                    Above - Tom DeMarco - R.I.P.- Miss ya!                                                                                                                                                                                      
                                                        Above: Vinny - lead guitar and Gene - bass player

                                                          Mickey, Playing bass.
                                          Pete - lead guitar. Ange - on drums.

My drum teachers-

                                                              (Steve - above)
  Steve very first drum teacher...for a while...until he moved out of state. One of the neighborhood guys. Always heard him practicing when walking past his house. Fantastic drummer! Encouraged me to keep learning. Sent me many tapes and DVDs through the years to keep me motivated.
  Steve is the one who told me about Normie Wayne, who became my long time drum teacher and taught me how to read music. He had great patience with me and a wonderful sense of humor. I still have my music notebook with yellowed pages of drum rudiments and exercises he wrote out for me in a way I could easily understand.
    After some setbacks due to bad chronic pain and also Lyme Disease, I hadn't played the drums in a long time. (Except if in my head counts.) Then I became enthused again, thanks to the energy from other talented people, and so am taking steps to re-learn those rudiments in the dreaded 'syncopation' book Normie had me do each week. So glad I still have all his written lessons. One beat at a time. :)

                                                                                       (Normie Wayne - above)

 An exercise written by Normie - From my notebook

Then...Great Jams Each Week

Wherever, and with whoever showed...jams each week when music drifted out to the streets, and kids listened in. Good times. Good memories. 

“A great song should lift your heart, warm the soul and make you feel good.”
-Colbie Caillat

Then...and Now -


“We are the music makers, and we are the dreamers of dreams.”
 -Arthur O'Shaughnessy, Poems of Arthur O'Shaughnessy

                                                     "Gettin' better all the time..."


Feels good to play again, despite pain and fatigue. The beat gets me movin'.