“If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away.” ~ Henry David Thoreau
A few months ago Dave Farris began posting short videos of his playing, his practices really. One day recently he posted an incredible video of some foot work he was doing and I was totally blown away. This was about the same time I hooked up with the second band. Super inspired, I got in touch with Dave to find out if he was teaching. Just so happens he is, and today we had our first get together. As expected, he did not disappoint. In fact, it was awesome. I don’t know how long I’ve known Dave. I can’t tell you the first time we met. Our band paths never crossed much so I really don’t know how we met. We just did. Making that call a few weeks ago was one of the best decisions I’ve ever made. It’s never too late to teach an old dog new tricks, right? I’m a believer and so is Dave. Plus, he gives great hugs.
“If we could look into each others hearts, and understand the unique challenges each of us faces, I think we would treat each other much more gently, with more love, patience, tolerance, and care.” ~ Marvin J. Ashton
I knew it was going to be a great night when I walked in to find colleague, friend, and fellow drummers Kathryn Lybarger and her husband, Jack Schmidt (bottom photo), preparing to perform as part of the drum line performing the part of the Borneo Drummers from Joni Mitchell’s Hejira (I think that’s what they said, I didn’t catch all the details). Well known Lexington drummers David Farris, Tripp Bratton, and Dave Hamon were also part of the line (below). But it was Kathryn that inspired me. Every time I see a photo of her playing drums, usually as part of the March Madness Marching Band, she’s all smiles just like the photo above. Drummers who smile while they play bring a little something extra to the song, a certain joy that otherwise remains hidden. Omar Hakim, Simon Phillips, and Carter Beaufort all smile when they play and their tracks always sound extra joyful.
I’m really proud of Kathryn for taking up drumming. She’s never afraid of trying new things, in fact she loves trying new things, and she’s really taken to drumming like a duck to water. She and Jack have been playing for several years now and I hope they continue. Drumming in good for the soul and so are smiling drummers.