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Not too long ago, I was reunited with a bass player I’ve been thinking about for decades. I lost track of her years ago, but she was one of the finest and rock-solid players I ever met. Dee Harrell taught me how to play the blues proper and do my job as a drummer when I lived in Austin in my 20s, and those lessons lasted a lifetime.

I owe that reunion to Carol Dierking, a drummer from Irving, Texas, who graciously connected me with my long lost friend. I told her I owed her big time – I mean, on a huge scale – because of how much this player/teacher meant to me, so when she put up a GoFundMe account for some serious health issues, the payback was obvious…


Carol has a pretty interesting story, from what I’ve read so far. Mind you, we met kind of blindly in Facebook when I contacted her after seeing that my friend was playing with her, on a YouTube video. I had not heard of Carol before this, but it didn’t matter. Reading about her background, I found her to be established and legit.

She’s featured in Women Drummers: A History from Rock and Jazz to Blues and Country (Rowman & Littlefield Publishers (April 10, 2014), went to Steven F. Austin State University on a full music scholarship, and carved out a music life in a way that suited her world with raising a daughter. Not an easy road, which became even less so when physical ailments began to interfere with performance hopes and dreams.


Developing degenerative bone disease is not exactly how most people wake up and plan their day. It actually brought Carol’s playing to a near standstill until an offer came up that reignited her drive and got her back on stage. But that fire took a literally exhausting hit when an airbag exploded in Carol’s face in a 2007 auto accident.

Such actions generally tend to render your teeth into a less that favorable state.

So, cutting to the chase, Carol recently put together a GoFundMe account to help pay for the now inevitable long-term dental work and related health insurance expences, some needed vehicle repairs, and funds to help participate in a musical fundraiser for breast cancer (she lost her mother to this, as did I; no one has to ask me twice to support the cure effort).

If you follow the link, you can read more about Carol (and of course, read her profile in Women Drummers).


Not all of us are destined for incredible career rides, and as we go along in this world, we find the path to be odd and winding sometimes. But as long as we can sit behind a drum set and play our truth, what else really matters? Even if it’s exhausting and painful, the rush of the stage and the pulse of the music are what make life worth living.


For Carol Dierking, this truth is her daily dose of connectivity to the beat of life. I’m all for chasing that wherever possible, and as long as it’s possible to play, most things can be overcome. But every once in a while, things can become a bit much. Texan to Texan, I truly hope the path becomes easier for Carol. And like I said, I owe her big time, so personally, thanks for reading this particular blog about her. I have no doubts she would thank you personally too.



Howdy, kids. Welcome back to part III of Make Stuff Happen 101. As you can see from the pic, I found a cool little bop kit from Tama that I seriously can’t be happier with. I wanted something light to haul around town, and this fit the bill and then some. The kick sound cool for jazz as well as other kinds of music, something I wasn’t quite expecting…

On the World Drumming Domination theme, small but good steps have been accomplished in the last few weeks. Recall that I am not only working to get my rhythm books out but also my message about music as great therapy for Tourette’s. The French and New Zealand international chapters of the Tourette Syndrome Association have received my music autobiography and are going to let me write for their newsletter. The Delaware chapter (in the United States) is letting me write for them as well.

Looks like I’m going to be contributing to DRUMHEAD magazine with pieces about my rhythm books and some other cool topics that I’ve touched on here from time to time. I’m very excited about this, getting back into the ink saddle again formally after quite a break (over ten years).

The video backdrop stuff arrived, and it’s up and organized. A very good friend helped me get ProTools and my mixing dialed in enough to create and import some decent sound quality files into the hopefully decent film quality of GoPro and ipad imagery. Quite a learning curve across the board, lemme tell ya!

So overall, after declaring my intentions to the universe a month ago, things are rolling along. I seriously encourage everyone to do this and then take small steps forward. It’s pretty cool to finally see things happening as I’ve hoped for them, so stay tuned, and I’ll have the long-awaited videos up before ya know it!

Meanwhile, go forth and kick drumming ass!


Howdy, gang! Well I know you’ve been sitting on the edge of your drum thrones wondering what’s next in my rather large reach across the globe. Here’s the latest…

A lifelong buddy of mine from high school likes to use the phrase, “Thing happen when you get your ask in gear,” as in ask for what you want. An amazingly simple idea that actually yielded some pretty cool results! Sadly, it took the unexpected death of another friend, and I mean out of nowhere, to smack me upside the head and make things move. I got angry and annoyed, and this combination needed to be put to positive use, or I was gonna go sideways with it.

I wrote a dozen letters, to international chapters of the Tourette Syndrome Association, telling them about my music autobiography (Tourette Syndrome and Music: Discovering Peace Through Rhythm and Tone), and said I’d like to write for their newsletters and share more about drumming and how it helped me. France and New Zealand replied! Then I got a big YES from DRUMScene magazine, in Australia, go have my rhythm books reviewed and also write a short piece about the books.

My overall plan is to combine, where I can, speaking about my rhythm books and also speaking to groups about my music autobiography. If I get a Yes for one, maybe I can make another Yes happen with the other. It worked in 2013 in England, so I figured, why not go for it?

When you experience loss, it really messes with you. Sadly, I’m sure some of you can relate. We owe it to the people we miss to live life like a big dog, live it for them and for ourselves, maybe inspire others along the way. I certainly hope to do that with this effort as in my blog, which as always, I really appreciate you taking the time to read.

I finally ordered the lighting and backdrop equipment to make decent videos, and I promise, my YouTube channel (DavidAldridgeDrums) is gonna be loaded with some pretty insane playing. Odd meter and polyrhythms lessons, finesse and speed control clips, jazz basics and independence, and of course, the long awaited clips that explain the content and application of my rhythm books, The Elements of Rhythm Vols. I & II.

More to come, including written drum exercises created in Finale that I’ll post here, lots of free stuff that’ll give you plenty to ponder…

So there you go. You can relax back onto your seat now, knowing that things are moving forward. I hope your plans and ambitions are doing the same, but if they’re not, as my good friend Don Ortiz has said more than once, “It’s time to get your ask in gear…”

This blog post is dedicated to the memory of Dan Morris, fellow flight instructor with whom I shared the same birthday and many a reminder to live life to its fullest.

Just got a tweet from a film company producing a documentary on Bernard Purdie. They are really close to fully funding and only have a few days. 


I met Bernard in a hallway at NAMM 2014 and got to shake his hand. We talked briefly about his hometown, Elkton, Maryland, where I grew up near and lived in for a bit in the late 70’s. His face lit up when we exchanged a few tales.


Bernard is of course the shuffle MAN, inventor of the eternally copied Purdie shuffle that Jeff Pocaro evolved with in “Rosanna.” 
Bernard’s YouTube videos are a blast, filled with humble truth and sharing of treasured knowledge. I’m keeping this little blurb short and sweet will just say that if ANY drummer out there is deserving of a documentary, Mr. Purdie’s name shoots to the top of the list!
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Seriously, this man has given you great shoulders to stand on and leap from. It’s time to give the drummer some… literally!

One of the key and unique components to The Elements of Rhythm series and its introduction of binary rhythm pattern theory is the way in which we classify and catalog the fundamental building block rhythm patterns. I recall showing the book draft to Peter Erskine several years ago, and one of the most important questions he could have asked me was, “What are you going to do with all of those 0/1 combination tables?” I told him I didn’t quite know yet but that I was sure there was an application that either myself or someone else would come up with.

Shortly after that conversation, I discovered some work by mathematician/musician Vi Hart, where she gave a presentation regarding a simple way to identify basic rhythm patterns using 0s and 1s. It seemed we were on a similar path, so I contacted her and asked how far she’d worked out her system. Vi replied that she had only down a little work, so I expanded on her idea and came up with the Binary Rhythm Pattern Indexing System.

The idea is that we can classify and catalog each of the fundamental building block rhythm patterns by their event point level grouping and the sequence in which they logically and naturally occur.

The Binary Rhythm Pattern Indexing System is important for several reasons. First and foremost, it doesn’t exist anywhere in music theory or rhythm research, at least not as far as I was able to find at the time I published The Elements of Rhythm in 2012. Secondly, it can be used by anyone who is interested in systematically researching rhythm patterns and wanting to somehow identify their fundamental essence.

It’s a system that’s in its infancy, waiting to be explored as a tool and modified as needed. For now, it can give you a basic idea of how to catalog and classify the basic patterns for up to eight event point levels (beat note groupings or beat note divisions). I hope it can prove to be of use in your work, and please feel free to submit comments on its use, application and improvement. My special thanks to Vi Hart for the inspiration to find meaning in the numbers. She’s amazing in that way, and I invite you to explore her own works further, at

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(excerpts reprinted with permission from The Elements of Rhythm, Vol. I, Rollinson Publishing Co., 2012)

Yeah, so, the plan is underway. I dunno if it’ll actually GO anywhere, but if you read my last post, you know we make things happen by shoving them out the door and seeing if they get run over by a bus or make it across the street.

Chicken Crossing the Road --- Image by © Corbis

Chicken Crossing the Road — Image by © Corbis

I’ve decided to put a few of the posts up over the next month or so to show progress and to remind anyone trying to make their own plans happen that it’s the small steps that move you forward. Plus, it kind of holds me a little accountable to, oh I don’t know, readers from all over the WORLD…


That said… Two U.K. publications (Rhythm, Drummer) have expressed interest in reviewing The Elements of Rhythm, Vols. I & II, which got me kinda fired up! I sent a query letter down under to the good folks in Australia at DRUMscene, and they were quite interested as well. So I guess we’ll see where it goes. Either way, I appreciated the quick replies from the magazines, and it never ceases to blow me away me how fast things can happen nowadays. If you’re under 30, seriously, you have no idea how amazing it is.



The video plan is taking a little more time. I scaled down my mega-kit to a four piece, with two cymbals and pair of hi-hats. It makes like a little more reasonable. For those of you looking into making your own videos, obtaining a suitable hanging backdrop makes all the difference in the world, and that’s really the last step. Craigslist is a great place to find such stuff, especially in the US. Living in Los Angeles, that stuff grows on trees…


With 3 websites, 4 blogs, and 4 twitter accounts for various pursuits, writing and keeping thing current is somewhat insane. But, when you are self-promoting and figuring out what works and what doesn’t, it’s necessary time spent. Doing it during a heat wave and high workload adds another level of challenge to it all.

Buying a replacement car (2008 Nissa Versa Hatchback, 6-speeeeeeeeeeeed!) for my 212,000-mile 1997 Ford Explorer certainly changed things a bit. Getting around Los Angeles can literally drive you insane some days. This will make life far more bearable, which yields more energy to get things done. Well worth thinking about if you are currently being run into the ground with your commute. Playing the drums requires a ton of energy. No sense in throwing that stuff away…


And, the hatchback will hold this little gem I’ve ordered for local jazz gigs:


Two last quick items: I’ve been uber lame regarding getting to the gym, which is a feat unto itself in this town some days. But the flipside? Airfare to the UK or India if you plan it out six months is less than $1,000 US. Amazing! Point being, that’s a doable goal to shoot for to get abroad and promote my books and the idea of binary rhythm pattern theory.


So there ya go. Kick your own plans in the ass HARD, size 12 boot and all that. Put your fist through the bricks and swing for the fences. Make lots of stuff happen!

Hey there, fellow, drummers…
I recently took the GoPro plunge to get some decent quality videos out into the world in furtherance of some rather ambitious drumming plans. One way to make such things happen is to declare them and then set reasonable and small steps along the way.
In 2012, I published my rhythm pattern theory books (The Elements of Rhythm, Vols. I & II), and I kinda thought they would take off on their own. The reality was, I was exhausted and drained from finishing them, and there was still yet another book to be completed (Tourette Syndrome and Music: Discovering Peace Through Rhythm and Tone).
When I finished all three, I figured the hard work was done. Well, one stage maybe, but the reality of getting your words and plans out there is an entirely different story.
I’m sharing this because today, we as drummers can take the reigns in our world an make a great deal happen. We don’t have to sit and wait and hope. We can steer the ship and head for the high seas. It’s taken quite some time to acquire the musical equipment I wanted and needed to be able to do that, and I did without a lot to make this happen. But what, you ask, is it that I want to do that’s rather ambitious?
Dominate the drumming world! Specifically, be known as the guy who coined the term “binary rhythm pattern theory” and who wrote the definitive texts on the subject.
Yep. That’s what I wanna do.
I want to lecture on my books and hold clinics both here in the US and overseas. To do this, I’ve spent the past few years making very good contacts in the UK, Japan, and India. I’ve also reached out to mainland Europe. Nothing in South America yet, but it’s certainly on the list.
Your readership for the past 5 years from all over the world has inspired me to go for it. My thanks cannot possibly be expressed enough, because WordPress displays this map of the world to let me see where people are reading from, which is kinda cool. Actually, it’s exciting and flattering, and I mean that sincerely.
I’m preparing to shoot a series of videos for my YouTube channel (DavidAldridgeDrums) that were designed to explain more about how The Elements of Rhythm work and what you can do with them. I’m going to include some basic videos on odd meter fundamentals, how to improvise within them, and how to play them in different musical styles.
But what I really, really, really wanna do is tour the world and visit drum shops where I can teach this stuff in person and meet you. If I can’t get endorsements to help offset costs, I’ll spring for it all myself. I have always wanted to share this information broadly and show you just how amazing the underlying structure of rhythm evolution is and what we can do with these patterns.
So there you go, world drumming domination plans revealed. You definitely do miss 100% of the shots you don’t take, so I’m gonna take a very deep breath and aim long. As for the losing weight part? Well, that’s where the gym comes back into my life. Turning 56 kinda slowed the metabolism down a bit, but it can be picked back up with some effort. And that’s what this little blog post is really all about.
Wherever you live, whatever you are doing as a drummer… you can crank it up and go really big if you want to. All you have to do is say, “I’m gonna do this,” and keep repeating that message to yourself. I promise you, it works, and I guarantee you, I’m gonna pull this off. How do I know this?
Cuzzzzzzzzzz  no one else wrote the books that define the subject! But it needs more than just ink. It needs face time. And I hope to show you my face all over the planet in the next couple of years.
If you have your own plans for going big, crank them up and blast them out to the universe. You might be very, very surprised to see how far it takes you. I hope that doing this exceeds everything you could ever imagine, and maybe we’ll see each other along the way…
I certainly hope so!

A couple of weeks ago, I read a very interesting thread on a Facebook drumming group (Drummer’s Database Community, April 24, 2015). Seems a young drummer named Adrian had referred to a ride cymbal as a “dink” cymbal, after which a guy apparently decided to rip him a new asshole about that and how little he knew.

Adrian left the group, obviously upset and feeling bullied within a group he should have felt the exact opposite of. True to the blood that runs through most of us as drummers, people started coming to his defense left and right. They started posting pictures of their “dink” cymbals, and they engaged in discussion about various brands and sizes of dinks, the merits and dislikes, the whole dink enchilada.


It was a thing of beauty to see. And it kept going for several days, which you can search and read (find April 24, 2015 and go from there). The brotherhood of drumming rallied around a young beginner who may never know how many people came to his support, because by this time he was long gone. The camaraderie you feel in a real drum store was reflected in the posts, with full-blown cyber support hitting on all eight cylinders.

But it also reminded me that the subject of bullying is not something we as a group are isolated from. I have to admit, guys in my generation can’t easily relate to the bullying issues one reads about a great deal today on the Internet, but this certainly painted a quick picture. Those of you in your teens and 20s reading this perhaps relate more immediately and have likely seen these things happen to some of your friends and peers.

The power of words can’t be understated, especially when so many millions of people have access to putting them out there. And when it hits, you feel it. In today’s blog, I’d like to share a little story with you about it that pelted me two years ago…

I had just published my Elements books, and I was so excited I couldn’t see straight. It literally took 30 years from start to finish, a very lonely and isolated process in my head that came and went. It took everything I had in terms of strength, focus, and financial investment. And of course, the mental gyrations that Tourette Syndrome served up on a daily basis never made things any easier.


But I found a software tool called Finale that helped me make it all happen, and when I met the Finale guys at NAMM 2013, I couldn’t stop raving about their product. I was 100% sincere and not looking for anything free. I just wanted to thank them.

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They wrote a blog about me on their website, which was quite an honor, and in it I said I could not have completed my books without their product.

Shortly after, I discovered that a musician, a Ph.D candidate, had read this and was commenting rather snidely about it on a site about Lilypond. It’s an open architecture music software site that I’m sure has merit. But in his series of posts, the Ph.D candidate really started taking me to task for not using what in his opinion was a better system, pointing out left and right how I could have done things so much more efficiently… but he didn’t stop there.

He became increasingly boastful about how he was going release Lilypond code to write basically the contents of much of my books… for free… for anyone to use.

How do you think that went over in my world?

As he continued to grow more full of himself, other Lilypond readers began noting that he was starting to draw increasingly erroneous conclusions from my words. They did offer valid critique and comments about my work, but they also actually started coming to my defense. They saw his inflated self-grandizing for exactly what it was. Hardly actions becoming a Ph.D candidate.

I, on the other hand, was actually very concerned. I envisioned code being sent all over the world, people cranking out versions of my work, costing me what little money I do make off sales. I was being insulted and talked down by a complete stranger, all because I enthusiastically wanted to thank Finale for making a product that made my lifetime dreams come true.

And then this Ph.D candidate pretty much crapped all over them.

I was about two months away from going to England to present my books at a highly respected academic conference, one where leading researchers in the field of rhythm perception meet every two years to share their findings. It was an incredible honor to be able to go, and I had to decide how to react to this Ph.D snob.

I debated engaging him publicly on the Lilypond message board (he never did contact me directly, by the way, and I’m very findable). The hardcore biker in me wanted to shred him in print. The airplane flight instructor in me kept things at a higher road level, but I was even ready to contact his music school and Ph.D advisor concerning the possible ethical issues concerning his actions.

I gave it a lot of thought, and in the end, I decided to remain silent and let it all die down, which it did. Meanwhile, more and more people on the Lilypond site began taking him to task for putting words in my mouth and misinterpreting my message.

It was a thing of beauty.

As for the rhythm conference? I never even finished community college, but I had serious Ph.D’s, leaders in the field of rhythm research and perception from all over the world, gathering around my 3’x4’ poster on a stand, asking me a lot of questions and repeatedly acknowledging that they’d never seen anything like it and the information it conveyed.

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So, to Adrian, the young drummer out there who coined the word “dink” as he sought to communicate his sincere and eager interest about drumming, I hope you get word of the support you were offered after you left. To the FB drummers who offered Adrian that support, you fucking rule. To the members of the Lilypond community who offered me support, I really appreciate it and will not pass judgment on your software based on one person’s skewed posts.

And to my drumming family members, remember that we are in many ways models for our younger drummers, in both age and spirit (for those starting drumming late in life). I believe we should offer support and enthusiasm, genuine and helpful critique, or say nothing if we’ve nothing nice to say. Whether you’re 12 and just picking up sticks, or you’re 54 and bearing your soul to the drumming world with a life’s publishing work, it’s kinda scary out there sometimes.

But as long as you’re down with the dink, you’ll show the world that you have the right stuff. If you’re not, you’ll show who and what you are either way.

And if you do it over the Internet, it’ll be for a very long time…


Every once in a while, I come across a drummer whose abilities are as intense as they are subtle. This is a pretty accurate definition of the word sublime, and that is a pretty accurate definition of Bernie Dresel.


I heard Bernie playing the other night with the Emil Richards Big Band, in Santa Monica, California, at the Typhoon restaurant. It’s a very cool jazz hang located on the Santa Monica airport, with an awesome view of the runway and the planes and jets that come and go.

But come nighttime, the attention focuses on a small stage that is well-mic’d and well lit, a very professional yet laid back setting that plays host to some of the best jazz groups in Los Angeles. Watching the legendary Emil Richards perform with amazing precision was a treat in itself, but with great and due respect to his musicianship and that of his band, it was Bernie Dresel’s drumming that drew my very intense interest.

Honestly, I’d never heard him play before. But all it took was about three bars of big band jazz time to recognize a master of the genre, a player who valued the touch and tradition necessary to impart authenticity to this venerable environment. Bernie’s phrasing and fills were just perfect. I mean seriously, you couldn’t have sung better drum parts than the ones he created.


His playing was appropriate, understated, and a pleasure to study. The hour-long set went by way too fast, but it was a lesson in big band drumming as good as I have ever seen. Bernie was playing a Craviotto kit with Zildjian cymbals, and I believe he told me later he was using two K’s for rides. One was a Constantinople and the other was a more traditional K. They sounded perfect for the night.

The up-tempo songs swung just as hard as the slower ones, aided by Dave Stone’s excellent bass playing. He and Bernie formed a solid team, and they drove the band just right. There were so many great lessons being offered that I could not drink them in enough. I didn’t want to turn my back and eat at the bar for fear of missing more perfect moments.

Later, I did a little reading about Bernie, the usual Google stuff. He graduated from Eastman School of Music with a double major in music education and performance, and then came west and landed a wide variety of gigs, from Maynard Ferguson to David Byrne, Chaka Khan, Brian Setzer, the Gordon Goodwin Big Phat Band, and tv/movie studio work.



Two items that really stand out on his resume are him having played with Ringo Starr on an English tv series called “Dame Edna.” He was also part of the massive collection of drummers used for “Man of Steel.”


Quite a resume, to say the least. Very impressive stuff. But it gets better… yes is does. He’s got his own big band (BBB, Bernie Dresel Big Band) as well, which I’m looking forward to hearing back at the Typhoon on May 26.

If you live in Los Angeles, you really owe it to yourself to check out Bernie Dresell and his eloquent playing. You just don’t see enough of this nowadays. He’s preserving a style with style, and honestly, I can’t get enough of that. No sir, I can’t.


Billy McCarthy is a drummer. It’s not what he does; he paints houses. But it’s what he is.


Just like you.

His bio says he was a signed drummer in the past, a published author, and a music producer. He’s also an aspiring filmmaker with a project near and dear to his heart, which leads us to the point of today’s blog…

Billy wrote me recently, asking if I’d spread the word about a Kickstarter program he’s got going on to fund a movie called Ferocious Drummers, The Documentary. I watched the trailer, read the background, and my gut tells me this is a good thing.

Billy’s been gathering classic footage and interviews for some time now, and believe me, it’s a lot of work. I dabble in production on the side, and the amount of work it takes even to shoot a trailer is incredibly disproportionate to the amount of time allotted to the actual finished product.

That’s one reason Billy needed to go to Kickstarter. He’s already laid out a lot of his own money to shoot the basic footage. The rest of the journey takes considerably more.

Now… as regular readers know, I’m about as anti-commercial as it comes. In fact I basically loathe the whole Internet “Oh look at me, man, I got shit for sale, buy my shit, cuz it’s awesome! Here, have a bunch of it, and let me drown you with ads and stuff while you buy my stuff…”

I don’s see that here. What I do see are some serious name drummers and a couple of well known drum companies helping out without drowning the project in “Oh look at me, man…”

So I’m giving my little promo nod to Billy and his cool project in hopes that it can help spread the word. He’s got a hard road to hoe, but if you look at the Kickstarter page link below, you’ll see what the donation tier awards are as well as a few of the sponsors, like Zildjian, Vic Firth, Aquarian, DW…

By the way, my first thought was when I say these company heavyweights was, “Why aren’t they kickin’ down serious coin to help make this happen?” Then I reasoned that it’s not really their place to do that, quite frankly. Just wanted to make that point.

I might add that the list of drummers he’s got footage of to date is pretty impressive, including Hal Blaine, Carmine Appice, Carter Beauford, and Chad Smith. It’s a long list, actually, that you can see on the website page as well as the Kickstarter page. Some serious hitters, no question.



That said, as drummers, we are members of a very cool club, a unique group of multi-limb talented individuals who are driven to hit things like we mean it. Some harder than others. And I tell ya, like hundreds of thousands of drummers all over the world, when I go home and pick up a drum key, change a head, get the beater angle and spring tension juuuuuuuuusssssst right on my pedals, adjust the seat height and position, fix the cymbals just so, put on the headset and press “Play” to my favorite song, I go to another world, far away from the bullshit of humanity. I go to drummer land, and I get to live.

That’s what Ferocious Drummers, The Documentary, is really about. The spirit of hitting and not quitting. The intangible, unexplainable connection to life through four limb movement and neural back flips. The moment when impact and projection complete your world.

The countdown goes to May 28, 2015. Check out his Kickstarter page, see what you think. Oh, and you can submit a song for possible inclusion in the film as well, which is actually something I’ve not seen in any other Kickstarter programs, making this a uniquely interactive project.

My only personal request is that somewhere in the footage, a dog be included, like the one in the YouTube clip going around tapping the bass drum pedal.

Please Billy, make this happen. But even if you can’t, your film will be 1,000 times more honest than Whiplash, and for that, I gladly accept your request to tell the world about your project and passion. Oh hell yeah…

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