This is a song about gratitude. Its made up of different variations of my favorite groove, “the shuffle” – a rhythm that comes from the heart.
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(For the backing track I improvised with brushes watching the images. Finally got to use my Jack Dejonette resonating bells. I think it sounds best with headphones or great speakers) “There is no agony like bearing and untold story inside of you.” – Zora Neale Hurston, Their Eyes Were Watching God
Actually we aren’t really called The Black Stripes…. but I loved doing a duo tour through the South with my friend and fabulous guitar player, Ladell McLin. We were somewhere in Florida here. Can’t wait to do it again! Its Blues, Its Rock and its Improv. I remember Ladell broke a string so he told […]
Last spring I was about to go on the road and I decided I wanted to put rivets in my favorite cymbals.(a process that involves puncturing the cymbal and inserting little pieces of metal that sizzle). A friend told me to check out Steve Maxwells drums shop. I went in and the regular guy who […]
The Rhythm Road Blues in the Balkans tour was a combination of concerts, television appearences and student workshops. We worked with students from age 5 through advanced university musicians. I enjoyed every moment on the tour, however I have to confess that there was something very special about going into the schools, connecting and working […]
We flew into Thessolinikki and boarded our new tour bus heading for the mountains of Northern Greece. Mountains, lakes, Rivers, great food, and even greater people. The love and support we received on this leg of the tour was off the charts. Thankyou Antonis Varvatsoulias from the Foundation of Thracian Art & Tradition for introducing […]
I joke about being “gender blind”. In many ways I really see people before I make the distinction between women and men… I believe in personal freedom of expression and respect, and I am not a flag waving/card carrying member of any organization or group. However, as I near the completion of my first Rhythm […]
Greece was wonderful! Currently in Tirana, Albania, we are nearing the end of our tour. I think I can speak for the whole band by saying we are tired, but our hearts are full. I am going to post photos and video from the tour through the mountains of Northern Greece and the fantastic workshops […]
Its not just a song for me… Take a breath…and you will see why the Blues has the power to be… a healing song…a healing song. – Eli Yamin