Sunday, September 19, 2010

A short disclaimer and welcome

Welcome to my blog. I shouldn't have to say this, but....
Nothing I say here is the opinion of anyone but me. Simple, right? If I blab on about this or that, it doesn't mean that any of my bandmates feel the same way about the issue. In fact, it's often quite likely that they don't. One of the cool things about our band is how it brings together disparate points of view and personalities and finds common musical ground, but, believe me when I tell you that there are plenty of points of view we don't share.

And, I shouldn't have to say this either, but nothing I say here has anything to do with my day job (a lawyer), either. Got it? I knew you would.

Anyway, if you stop by often enough, you'll read musings about life, death, politics, music and just about anything else that strikes me at the moment. I'm quite sure you won't agree with everything you read here. When it comes to politics, my liberal friends (and there are a lot of them) think I'm too far right (or not left enough anyway). My conservative friends (not so many of those) likely think I'm a lefty loon.

They're both wrong. I'm turned off by extremes, and you'll find me, generally, tacking toward the middle, which enrages those on either side. I suppose I'm best described as a pro-choice, leave-me-alone-to-do-what-I-want, libertarian-ish type, but even that's a crappy description in the end.

When it comes to music, I like grit -- often in the form of punk rock, but not always. Musically, I declared war on "smooth" a long time ago, and that will never change.

And drumming...hell, I drum for a fun band. More about them/us later. But when it comes to drumming, I value groove and fluidity more than anything. A drummer is there to play off of the rest of the music, particularly the bass player, not just metronomically tap along. A short list of my drumming heroes would include Mitch Mitchell, George Hurley and Bill Stevenson.

So, yeah, pull up a chair, grab a tasty beverage, and let's see where this takes us.

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