TomTom Shoot

TomTom magazine is about Drums, Art, Women, Music, Style, & Culture. Mindy Abovitz –  Creator/Editor www.tomtommag.com Teri Duerr, Producer, Horse+Dragon NYC www.horsedragon-nyc.com Meg Wachter, Photographer  – www.megwachterphoto.com Seong-hee Park, Makeup – www.seong-hee.com TomTom Theme #1 written and played by FraeFrae (thats me).

The BLACK Stripes (Drum Intro)

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 […]

I love Drums

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 […]

Wonder Women of the Rhythm Road #7

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 […]

The Drummers Prayer

It is a great privilege play music, and to pass forward what was lovingly shared with me. The Drummers Prayer is an affirmation, a teaching tool, and a learning experience that I share with all of my students, drummers and non drummers alike. I AM gifted with the Power To create is a gift we […]

Can a Paradiddle Save the World?

CAN A PARADIDDLE SAVE THE WORLD??? For those who don’t know, a PARADIDDLE is one of the technical/rhythmic building blocks from the drumming vocabulary. It is from a family of said building blocks called the rudiments. (Bounces and accents) Basically 26 in number. Like the alaphabet, the 26 are “rhythmic letters” that form words…that become […]