My passion for rhythm, music, and drumming began in middle school as a snare drummer in an all girl Ohio drum & bugle corps. In High School I surpassed gender bias barriers by believing and being accepted into a successful, previously all male drum line.
After a 30+ year break, I believed that I had the ability to start drumming again drum instructor Simon Das Gupta. I was quite surprised my drum chops were intact after an absence of so many years. Simon taught me how to read and write out drum musical notation which I am forever grateful.
Due to California isolation orders this year I could not record with my usual music friends. Instead I am entering a tune recorded at home with my Google cell phone.
With Led Zeppelin's "Fool in the Rain" coverI added some technical changes in addition to John Bonham's intricate high hat work, Purdie shuffles, and 1/8 note triplets. Also I added some of Thomas Lang's creative forms of rudiments combined with double bass grooves. I used both traditional grip with sticks and then for the samba section a match grip with mallets.
My influences still include: Rich Redmond's energy on the set, Thomas Lang's double bass work, Steve Gadd's rudiments, and the late Neil Peart's time signature changes. In addition to classic rock, I've been exploring other percussion instruments. I believe in more depth to my repertoire so recently started playing a cajon with bass pedal in a Christian Rock Band.