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Stepping Out of Your Comfort Zone

I broke out of my comfort zone in two big ways this weekend; both involving drumming. When it comes to personal challenges, those involving my creative efforts are the most difficult to engage. A failure at something coming from creativity is a personal one, to me. However, I don’t feel…Continue Reading

Raquy Danziger Workshop

Saturday I took a workshop with Raquy Danziger of Raquy and the Cavemen. She’s touring for her latest album release, “Naked.” I’ve been looking forward to this workshop since before it was actually being offered with her busy touring schedule. Perseverance paid off and the schedule was finally updated to…Continue Reading

Drum-Filled Weekends

As I’ve said before, October is a busy month for the Gradin household. This year, drumming events take a great deal of our time in the fall. On Friday, Alchemy Drumming and Dance put together a drum circle for the Georgia Theater Conference at Brenau and on the square. We…Continue Reading

Ring in the Fall Season

Quite a bit of drumming this month so far. This past weekend I did two engagements; one for Art on the Square on the Gainesville, GA downtown square, and another at Gainesville’s Harvest of Hope celebration for 2005. Art on the Square is an art show held annually at this…Continue Reading

Higher Grounds Coffee

Tonight, we performed at Higher Grounds Coffee on the corner of Abbott’s Bridge Road and Peachtree Parkway in Duluth. It’s our first time doing an open-mic as Alchemy. We had a good time, though we were all a little nervous. We’re also not used to doing a 15-minute set. More…Continue Reading

KidsFest 2005

Tomorrow I’m playing with the Alchemy drumming circle in Athens during Athfest. We played in Kidsfest last year, and they wanted us back again this year. We had a lot of fun then, so I’m eagerly anticipating this year’s event. I just noticed we’re mentioned on the Kidsfest schedule at…Continue Reading

April Showers

They say April showers bring May flowers. In the case I witnessed this morning, the showers came in the form of snow and May’s flowers were a bit stunted. What kind of bizarre turn of events is this?!? Yesterday, Amy and I worked our booths at the “Art on the…Continue Reading