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How To Write A Drum Instruction Book

A few years ago I was looking for a way to improve my grooving in the studio. I had analyzed my recorded tracks and noticed spots where the groove seemed to ebb or flow just a little. Sometimes it happened going into a new section, or with a note or two in a fill, or […]

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Record Labels Part 3 (DIY)

There’s an old joke about how to make a small fortune in the restaurant biz? “Start with a large fortune!” That joke applies nicely to record labels too, because starting your own can be a big money drainer. Considering how many facets are involved in creating the infrastructure necessary to find artists, sign them, and […]

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Record Labels Part 2 (The Independents)

When I started playing the SF clubs in the late 80’s there were a lot of great bands in town. Back then major labels ran the music business and everyone in San Francisco was trying to “get signed”. It was around that time an independent label formed in SF called Heyday records. Heyday took on […]

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Record Labels Part 1 (The Majors)

When Counting Crows got signed to Geffen records in 1992 I thought I’d died and gone to heaven. The first thing they did was give us $26,000 each so we could write and rehearse without any work related excuses. Then they gave us another $40,000 to buy new gear so we’d sound our best. I […]

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Kevin Bacon’s Craigslist Ad

nashville craigslist > general please flag with care:  miscategorized  prohibited  spam/overpost  best of craigslist Kevin Bacon’s letter to Hollywood (City of Angels?) Reply to: comm-1001224922@craigslist.org [?] Date: 2009-01-20, 10:45PM CST   Dear friends and colleagues. Happy New Year. Hope 2008 was your best year yet, and that 2009 will be even better still! Yeah! As […]

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Starting Over In Nashville (Conclusion)

I just passed the six month mark in Nashville. Six months is significant because it is the amount of time I’d originally given myself to “make it or break it” in town. I figured I’d either get work as a drummer and move my family out, or go bust in Music City and be forced […]

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Starting Over In Nashville (Part 4)

Although I miss my wife and kids, being alone in Nashville allows me the time to work as much as I can. I usually meet people for lunch or coffee every day, write emails, make phone calls, and see and play as much music as possible. I’d been doing this diligently since arriving in November, […]

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Starting Over In Nashville (Part 3)

They say Nashville is a “five year town”. I thought I could shave a couple years off by being experienced and coming in with a few contacts but now I’m not so sure. Being a seasoned drummer doesn’t help like it did in the Bay Area. In Nashville you’re expected to be seasoned. People don’t […]

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Starting Over In Nashville (Part 2)

As I drove across the country in my drum laden Jeep the great moods I kept feeling surprised me. I’d worried that the enormity of leaving my life behind might catch up at some depressing truck stop in the middle of nowhere and seize me with a wave of despair. But it never happened. I […]

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Starting Over In Nashville

There is an Italian Gondolier on Lake Merritt in my hometown of Oakland, CA. He has the boat and the pole, the Chianti, the outfit… he even sings Italian songs while pushing you around the water. An article about his Gondolier business in the Tribune when he first came to town. He was excited and […]

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