Archive for May 2020
Make One Up!
It’s 1980 and we’ve just played our first number. I’m on stage at the Electric Ballroom in Camden Town. While the crowd is applauding I look down at the set list taped to the floor by my drum kit. Someone shouts out, “Make one up!”. He’s in the front row with his black hair spiked…Read More
Delightfully Random Origins of Creativity
A polymath, on waking up in the middle of the night and seeing this Mark Twain quote under one of his LinkedIn posts, added by a friend, might immediately think of featuring it in a song chorus while planning a TED Talk, with slides and everything, all at once. An avalanche of creativity, including a…Read More
Re: Baby and Bathwater.
They say you shouldn’t but I did. Thirty years ago. I thought, “Blow this for a game of soldiers”. Which is ironic, because for decades the snare drum has sent out a bright rallying call to many groups, armies and batteria saying, “Here. Now!” However, when I gave up kit drumming for hand drumming everything…Read More
We call our top room, overlooking a leafy bend in the Thames, ‘The Crow’s Nest’. It’s a good place to dream about new horizons. I must have fallen asleep on the floor listening to the crows calling to each other. As I surface I ‘sense’ this question. “From an evolutionary and biological point of view,…Read More
I wake today becalmed.
I wake today becalmed. Our bed has turned into the Kon-Tiki raft. I say OUR bed but for the past twenty three days it’s been MY bed. By train, boat and bus, Dawn has been re-discovering Italy, Greece and the joys of solo travel. I’m on a different trip. As I surface from sleep all…Read More
Not with a hangover!
Tom: Once I’ve got them singing I’ll invite some of them on stage to dance. Client: Our people will never dance. There’s a thousand of them, how many drummers will you have with you? Tom: Just me, I’ll need a mic. ……………………….. Client: You had so many people on stage dancing with you we were…Read More