• The Rhythm of Communication

    Drumming together and recording apart

      It’s really exciting to me how the explosion of creativity in the digital age, keeps going- even during a pandemic!  Our friend and teacher Sikiru Adepoju, master talking drummer from Nigeria, recently released his newest album “OPE” with the Riddim Doctors.  The album features so many musicians and master drummers including Zakir Hussein and Giovanni Hidalgo and Val Serrant.  In 2018, Sikiru invited me to join the project, by recording some tracks remotely from rural New Hampshire.  Sikiru taught me the song “Dide Afrika (wake up Africa)” over the phone and helped correct my Yoruba pronunciation.  Then I did some arranging and practicing, and went to “Hummingbird Studios” in…

  • The Rhythm of Communication

    The Music Never Stops

    So much has changed in the past 6 months in our world, but one thing stays the same: the music never stops.  Whether people are playing outside, performing online, or recording remotely, the music continues to play. With the help of technology, I’ve been able to keep working on my EP “Country Way” and keep mixing remotely with an amazing engineer.  In terms of Lindsey Schust and the Ragged Mt. Band, we continue to work remotely and the family part of the band,  in our own bubble, continue to play and perform online.  We performed virtually for the Andover Historical Society’s Old Time Fair in August, see video here. Grace and I…

  • The Rhythm of Communication

    Rhythm of our Global Village: Instant Communication

    Today, our world is supercharged by satellites which drive instant communication, and we are barraged with data, ideas, un-edited “gut responses” to images or happenings. Truth and reality are intertwined with “branding”, not the kind we used on cattle, to mark them as ours, but a self-branding that forces us to create a dual life. One electronically motivated and influenced by dings and bings from devices in our hands, laps, on our wrists.  The other is the native life we live in our environment, in real time, face to face with friends, family, co-workers, pets, wildlife, and the ever changing weather. Now, the web is our ocean and we navigate…