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September 10, 2019

I didn’t ask Emily to be on my show because she’s an Arsenal fan.

Seriously.

But finding that out in my research was the cherry on top of meeting her and talking to her about drumming, entrepreneurship, and her career.

I first encountered Emily on Instagram. As I said in the intro to this episode, I follow a lot of drummers out there, but not the craz...

August 27, 2019

The craft, man.

The craft.

It continues to amaze me – though it shouldn’t – that the people I talk to who are working at high levels always want to talk about craft. Acting, songwriting, drumming, poetry. Getting there, wherever you describe "there" to be, comes down to doing the work.

So it is with Chris Banks.

Chris is a poet. You may have a romantic...

August 6, 2019

They say that necessity is the mother of invention. As a student of the First World War, I can see the wisdom in that statement. It applies here in the podcasting world too, where I’ve been wrestling with the necessity of producing content while still being out there on the road as a working drummer. It’s tough trying to coordinate interviews with...

July 16, 2019

Thanks to Karen Cottrell for the photo!

At one point in time, Dave Benedict and I sat on a bus together, riding home (I think), from a high school soccer match. I don’t remember who we played or what the score was, but I can guess with some certainty that we got destroyed by whoever we were playing. The OSCVI “Killer Chickens” were a lot of things,...

June 25, 2019

Mary Jennifer Payne is known more colloquially to me as Jennie. She and I shared an English class in Western University’s Faculty of Education in the late 1990s (yes, I’m a qualified high school teacher – scary thought, eh?).

We lost touch for a while after Teacher’s College, but through the magic of Facebook, reconnected several years ago. That’s w...

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