Wednesday, December 31, 2008

A Strange Last Couple of Days.

Well, life over the last few days has been very interesting. First I would like to preface all of this with saying that I have been coughing up junk for the last 3 weeks. The stubborn guy in me decided to fight this sickness the old fashioned way w/o taking any antibiotics. I just feel that with some people they get a small sniffle and they are taking prescribed medicine to cure it. I wonder if this is going to get our society in the long run. I wasn't that bad off but now it's just annoying. My caugh is non-stop. So I had that going for me and then yesterday the plague hit our family. Michele threw up in the morning and it didn't stop pretty much all day, and my stomach was feeling not so great and not to be gross but I wasn't throwing up, it was coming out the other end if you know what I mean. Then we got the call from the in-laws who were on their way to our house that Ron (my father-in-law) was feeling the same as Michele and the twins ended up having some stomach problems also. The only two who escaped the sickness were Debbie (my mother-in-law) and Avery (she was constipated though so unfortunately she wasn't feeling well either). Thank God for Debbie...she took care of Avery all day while we all just basically sat or slept. The good news is that it was only a 24hr bug and all of us are back to normal. I am hoping that the rest of my break will be uneventful when it comes to health.

I hope all of you are well.
I'll talk to you soon.


Saturday, December 27, 2008

The end of an era.

I walk on stage and sit down behind my drumset. It's a beautiful woodgrain green color that reflects the multiple colored lights shining down from the top of the stage. A drumkit I bought a few years back to replace my expensive Yamaha Maple Custom drumset I was using at first with the "angry band" as my wife calles it. The final straw in buying the green kit was when one evening at a show a fairly drunk mo'hawk wearing young man jumped onto the stage and accidentally kicked my bassdrum as he leapt back into the crowd. The next day I went out to buy something that I wouldn't care if it took a kick or had some beer spilled on it. Back to the show...I can taste the smoke bellowing from the audience, I see a huge sea of faces and I look over at my good friend Sam wearing his 8 string bass and give him a smile saying, "this night is going to rock." I see the wild and erratic hair of my lead singer Ian bobbing as he screams his gritty profanity into his wireless mic. To my right out of a cloud of smoke walks Mitch wearing his cut off t-shirt and jeans and a cigarette hanging out of the corner of his mouth. The four of us are ready to slap the crowd with our music Ian has appropriately labeled, "Circuis Monkey Metal Music." Most say that Thieves' Cant. reminds them of System Of A Down. Sometimes we do and sometimes we don't in my opinion. As I play my 50 minute set sweat pours down me as I play till my arms feel like jello and I destroy another set of sticks. I always find that I wake up the next morning blistered, bruised, and sore like I had ran a marathon, usually complaining that I'm too old for this. I always put everything I had into a show. That is the way it's got to be if you want the crowd to believe in what you are selling. I have watched Ian bleed for his art. He is a true showman and such a unique frontman in my opinion. It was no less for Mitch or Sam. Our sound was always bold, loud, distorted, and fun. I liked the songs of Thieves' Cant...if I didn't, I wouldn't have joined the band in the first place. I had my out, I was only a sub for them while they were trying to find another drummer. By the first show I was hooked and told them, "don't worry about finding someone else, I'm in."

So, 5 years and 8 months later I have taken my official leave from the band. The Captain has hung up his drumsticks and is calling it a rap. Sam decided it was time for him to move to Florida and I figured that this was the time for me to bow out. I have had alot of fun playing with these guys but my life has changed drastically since my start with the Cant. I have since married my beautiful wife Michele and soon after that we had my now 2 yr old daughter Avery. It is time that my time is for my family. I have also started to experience some hearing damage and found that it would take close to 3 weeks after a show for me to not notice the ringing in my ears (and that was wearing ear plugs). Fortunately my band mates were more than understanding about my departure and I am glad to know they have since hired a new bass player and drummer. I can't wait to see them in action. As far as I'm concerned, some of my showes with Thieves' Cant. brought me as close as I will ever know to being a "rock star." I am honored to have been a part of that era of TC. I know that I will miss playing with them but this is what is best for me and my family.

Just thought that you all would be interested to hear this info.
There is some news on the Bookie front.

Talk to you all soon,

Bloggers Block

My wife laughed at my comment when she asked when I was going to post again. I had only posted 1 blog as it was. I looked at her and I said..."I have writers block." I have been dishing up ideas left and right for her to write about but as soon as I get the gumption to write something, I sit and stair at the screen. I think my mistake is that I feel like I have to write the most epic, hilarious, heartfelt blog each time. I think that this blog needs to be about whatever is happening, and I need to remember that even the smallest things are worth sharing. There doesn't need to be a huge theme. Maybe some will be boring...maybe some will be epic. Whatever happens, happens. So there you go, my thoughts and reason for being delinquent.

Talk to you soon...

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Let's get this thing started.

About a week ago, I suggested to my wife that she should start blogging about things going on in her life. She is a stay at home mom with our beautiful daughter Avery and also watches two little boys named Cal and Mason during the day. After reading a couple of her blogs, I thought it may be cool to do my own. So here it is, and here are my thoughts.

A couple things you should know about me and this blog. I am not the most eloquent man on the face of this earth and at some points this may come out in my blog. If it wasn't for spellcheck my wife would kill me for asking how to spell things. One of the many quarks and certainly not the least of what makes Michele shake her head at me. I am a music teacher and also play the drums professionally in a jazz trio. My daughter Avery is 2yrs 4months old and in my opinion is the smartest kid ever (sometimes too smart for her own good). I would like to paint a picture for you of my life that is true to what my friends and family see. I don't know about your family, but mine cracks me up. Hopefully I can do them justice in this blog.

Well, I think that's it for today. I'll talk to you soon.