The Make Break Point And Free Parking

The term “viable” means basically, “able to support oneself”. This applies to any activity in life. Even street drumming. I worked out that it would take $66 a day to make street drumming “viable” at 20 days a month. Pay the bills, keep the lights on. Well, A couple of things didn’t get factored into this equation, like parking. Do you know it costs $5 an hour to park in San Francisco? So if I...

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Outside Outside Lands

Today I set up outside Outside Lands 2012 in Golden Gate Park SF. Played for 2 hours, made 18 bucks. I think its kind of a funny thing to have TheBEstDrummerInTHeWORld on my kick drum. Honestly, for the most part, the people walking by, heading to a major rock festival ignore you. I hate to say “kids these days” because I hate to sound or BE old. But, kids today are in their own world. I’m sure I was. I know many of...

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I’m Not The Only One

Never thought I was the only one but busking is a funny experience. You have to pick yourself up by the scruff of your own neck and drag your stuff out there, not asking permission and Do it. I never considered myself part of a community. Never belonged to a support group. My experience has been in bands and part of playing in a band is an “us against the world” mentality. It’s always nice to find people who think...

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A Man Without A Country – Vonnegut

I subscribe to this newsletter and saw this Kurt Vonnegut quote in it from A Man Without A Country, which I haven’t read, which I’m gonna run out and get Reprinted with no permission of anyone but me. “If you want to really hurt your parents, and you don’t have the nerve to be gay, the least you can do is go into the arts. I’m not kidding. The arts are not a way to make a living. They are a very human way...

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Death Of The Rockstar – Rockin The Deathstar

The other day, one of my bandmates made the comment “It seems like people are becoming more and more nervous every day” This should be obvious to everyone. It’s not just a political situation. Its  not just an economic situation. It’s a world situation. It comes with the death of the rockstar. It should be obvious also that the potential power of music to move masses of people is not a small thing. “The...

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