november 10, 2018

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“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 


not all drummers are men


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. 


not all the drummers in Lexington, but close


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.


coupla drummers

january 29, 2015

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“To be beautiful means to be yourself. You don’t need to be accepted by others.
You need to accept yourself.” ~ Thich Nhat Hanh


from the back
from the back


Burns Night has become a tradition for me after four consecutive years. My thanks to Becky Ryder and Gordon Hogg for feeding my habit. Every year I either meet someone new, or I sit with Burns Night virgins, like mom and Shell for instance. One year it was Stacy Yelton, Ruth Bryan, Terri Brown, and Jen Bartlett. Burns Night 2013 is when I met Gordon’s BFF Andy Werthmann; an absolute gem of a human being, sweet as the day is long in summer. Last year I was lucky enough to meet Becky and Gordon’s delightful neighbor, Bob, who has since passed on. He was a real treat, and I’m glad I had a chance to visit with him. This year they even let me play cowbell. Thanks for the adventures, B&G. I can’t wait to see what’s next!


drummers drumming
drummers drumming