After the Mountain Drum percussion group dissipated in 2007 I began re-working my hand techniques and putting in plenty of practice doing exercises we learned from Joe Platz, the maker of most of my drums.
I also began writing down rhythms that I was composing about my Adirondack Experience. I was lucky to pick up a recorder so that I could hear what I was playing. I could also experiment now with new sounds and make recordings of it all.
I have written seven rhythms to date and I have found that I am more on fire about drumming and percussion than I have been at anytime in the last 12 years of playing the drums.
Below are five of my percussion pieces that I have recorded.
I Just Love Fruit
The summer of 2009 was very quiet and with Sue away most every day installing a mural, I spent a lot of time under the tree out back, on the deck or in the gallery, drumming. I got the recorder that summer and was able to experiment with my rhythms in ways I couldn’t before.
For this project it would be nice to have another seven original tunes before I drift away with another idea. I’d also like to do something with percussion and poetry in the future.