"Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication"
Leonoardo da Vinci
My hard drive is filled with fragments and musical pieces from the past 10 years. All collecting dust. These great little gems and stems of ideas that will never see the light of day.
The rhythm social experiment brings me back to the idea of simplicity.
I can take 1 drum and create melody and groove everyday.
No expectations, no grand masterpiece. No fancy drum loops, pedals, reverbs, echoes, and delays.
Just me, and my drum, and my spirit.
and sometimes my magical flute.
I recently bought a Bantsuri from Josh Geisler.
Josh learned his craft studying in India. He is an inspiration to me and I'm proud to play his flutes..
you can check 'em out here!
Moving on, can't go back
I had some of the most amazing footage from todays groove. I came home to post it up and I completely lost all of the digital footage. As I write to you, I am heartbroken. I was so excited to put up this video and share it with you. In any case, I managed to get one quick edit from today up online. I hope you enjoy it.
I guess the moral of the story is -- sometimes things just don't go your way as planned. You are all excited to share some great idea, some great footage, some great moment in time, some great .... ?
It was a wonderful day in the square. My buddy Jeff has been sharing our experiment with his Nyack Cross Fit Gym and they've been running by and working out as we play for them. Some other folks are also starting to sit down in the square with us and check out the scene. It is truly growing and spreading. It doesn't really feel like 7:30 in the morning anymore. More like an afternoon break. People are smiling and nodding their head and feeling the groove.
I'm not giving up on the lost footage!
I hope to share more video with you later today or tomorrow!
Peace and Love,
Nod 'ya head
Cause I got time for one more Groove.
Need to shake the trees and dance my ass off. Cause I got time for one mo GrooOoooOve. . . . . Today
Today there is no turning back. Buzzing singing in my ears.
Connie joined me in the square today. This girl carries more drums in her car than me.
And she can dance.
The world is opening up. People are listening.
Thoughts are racing through my head. Gotta let it out. All out. You don't have to be in time. Only your time is the right time. May not be his time but I be on time. If I keep playing things clear up. No more grey hazy the lazy is behind me. Skies up above open up for all of us, so look up just look up, just look high high up.
Funky drummer with a coffee can bangin pots in parking lots
jump off the cajon and get off the phone
cause I got time for one more groove
Got time for one mo GrooooOoOvE today.
There's so many Seagull's out here.
Inspired as they fly all around
Seagull soul spread your wings, come fly with me.
Day 14 Keep on Pushin'
I've got to keep on Pushin'
I can't stop now
Move up a little higher
Some way, somehow
Cause I've got my strength And it don't make sense Not to keep on Pushin' Hallelujah, Hallelujah Keep on Pushin'
Now maybe some day I'll reach that higher goal
I know that I can make it with just a little bit of soul
'Cause I've got my strength and it don't make sense
Not to keep on Pushin'
Now look-a look A-look-a yonder
What's that I see ? a great big stone wall
Stands there ahead of me
But I've got my pride
And I'll move on aside
And keep on Pushin'
Keep on Pushin'
Lyrics by Curtis Mayfield
"I learned the value of hard work by working hard."
Last night was Halloween in Nyack. The town was on fire with creativity! The costumes and floats were second to none.
I had the honor of performing on the Nyack Cross Fit float and we won 2nd Place! Go figure.... must have been all the strobe lights and disco balls I brought with me.
It was a really special night in town and my favorite night of the year to celebrate with the kids. My son was on the float with me as well, rocking to the beat amongst thousands of people on Main Street. What a thrill it was.
I decided to treat myself before the parade and buy a new Toca djembe drum. I played it this morning and I love the tight, crisp, high pitch sounds it produces.
So as I played this morning and heard the sounds of the Halloween party being cleaned up, I decided to dedicate the hard work quote above to all the public workers who cleaned up the square this morning. I expected to see a waste land of garbage but they did such an amazing clean up job, I have to stop and pause and give them props. You can hear them in the background with the leaf blowers as I play. They look at me kinda funny, but I still honor them and their great work.
Listen to that beautiful djembe drum!
Thanks to Frank at the Long Island Drum Center. He gave me a great deal on it!
A lot of people resist transition and therefore never allow themselves to enjoy who they are. Embrace the change, no matter what it is; once you do, you can learn about the new world you're in and take advantage of it.
Starting to own the idea of playing in the square. I am getting more comfortable with the format and I'm leaning in and going for it. No fun treading in the shallow water. Time to venture off into the deep end.
I set up in the middle of the square today instead of my usual position out front. There is a whole new dynamic and energy. Just shifting my position makes me play and think differently.
I'm more relaxed and feel looser than usual.
I'm losing that sense of "Who is out here with me today?"
I'm just playing.
I invite you to close your eyes
"If the rhythm takes me, I go."
I met a guy named Raasti in the square today.
Raasti builds djembe drums in town and he heard about my experiment through a mutual friend.
My good buddy Mark was also waiting for me and the 3 of us locked a sweet groove for 20 minutes in the square. We went over the 15 minute limit, but it was worth every second.
As we were leaving, Raasti said to me, "If the rhythm takes me, I go."
He summed up the entire experience of my life.
Rhythm moves all of us in a unique way. That is its gift. How we nurture that rhythm is entirely up to us.
When i drive home, I think about what I just played.
Vocal melodies, rhythms and ideas hit me and I want to jump up and down in the car and do back flips. But I can't. So I reach for my tambourine instead.
Day 10 Homecoming
"Every traveler has a home of his own, and he learns to appreciate it the more from his wandering."
There was a car waiting for me in the parking lot this morning.
My friends surprised me in the square today, all the way from Nairobi Africa!!!
Rhonda, Michael and family arrived back for a 10 day visit. What an awesome suprise to see them waiting for me in the square, ready to play.
It's a cool feeling when you see someone you haven't connected with in ages and immediately you are transported back to that time, to that place and the feeling never changes. Those people mean the world to you.
When I started For Vibration up at the house, Rhonda and Michael were 2 of the very first folks to dive in with me and take the ride. They embraced the mystery and the groove and they helped create a scene up in Nyack. I am incredibly grateful and filled with gratitude.
Lucky to have such cool people in my life.
Today was a great homecoming.
"Where I come from we say that rhythm is the soul of life, because the whole universe revolves around rhythm, and when we get out of rhythm, thats when we get into trouble."
Babatunde was blasting in my house before I went out to play this morning. The energy and feeling of his playing was inspiring and motivating me to Push the Groove, I came down to the square ready to do business.
Aaaaahh the freedom to just go out and play. It is a blessing and a gift.
And then, someone dropped a 50 Dollar bill on my computer Bag.
What a Day !
I got in my car and couldn't stop singing
MY SOUL SINGS MY SOUL SINGS !!!!! LA LALA
It's amazing how much fun you can have with an egg shaker
“I don't think you should die until you're ready. Until you've wrung out every last bit of living you can.”
I received some tragic news last night about a friend who passed. Whenever you hear about death, it hits you right in the gut. It makes you think about life from a whole new angle.
I dedicate this morning to his children.
My thoughts and prayers are with them.