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Beating the Goat at Midnight

I call it Thunderhead, though I have yet to unleash upon it to confirm its namesake. It was midnight this Sunday morning when I finally got to beat the old goat skin into the night air. I played some variations on Saidi and Masmoudi to get a feel for the resonance and response on this new drum.

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

Good Morning, Sunday

As I write this, I’m winding down to sleep after a strenuous day. I played in Athens today at Kidsfest as mentioned previously. Although no longer or hotter than last year, we were in greater demand this year. We played almost 5 hours continuously. That’s a lot of skin slapping,…Continue Reading

New Drum

I recently purchased a Klong Yaw (also seen as klon yaw and glawng yao). It’s 31” high with a 9.5” head. I got it because it seemed very unique and I’ve often spoke of a mythical drum of this shape. Turns out it wasn’t just in my head after all.…Continue Reading