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.