High Hopes

(Pink Floyd cover)

So this song came out in 1994…which was the year I graduated from high school.  I certainly didn’t get the meaning of the tune but I could feel how powerful it was.  Now some 24 years later, I get it.  It’s about looking back…and sometimes that isn’t always pleasant.  And with that, here’s my percussion based version of ‘High Hopes.
Beyond the horizon of the place we lived when we were young
In a world of magnets and miracles
Our thoughts strayed constantly and without boundary
The ringing of the division bell had begun

Along the Long Road and on down the Causeway
Do they still meet there by the Cut

There was a ragged band that followed in our footsteps
Running before time took our dreams away
Leaving the myriad small creatures trying to tie us to the ground
To a life consumed by slow decay

The grass was greener
The light was brighter
With friends surrounded
The nights of wonder

Looking beyond the embers of bridges glowing behind us
To a glimpse of how green it was on the other side
Steps taken forwards but sleepwalking back again
Dragged by the force of some inner tide

At a higher altitude with flag unfurled
We reached the dizzy heights of that dreamed of world

Encumbered forever by desire and ambition
There's a hunger still unsatisfied
Our weary eyes still stray to the horizon
Though down this road we've been so many times

The grass was greener
The light was brighter
The taste was sweeter
The nights of wonder
With friends surrounded
The dawn mist glowing
The water flowing
The endless river

Forever and ever

Creativity in the set up

Setting up a drum kit is an incredibly personal journey. Most instruments are setup for you and there isn’t a lot of room for personal modifications in the physical framework of the set up. Take the piano for example – it has 88 keys and that’s that. Sure, the type of piano, closing/opening the lid/etc

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High Hopes

(Pink Floyd cover) So this song came out in 1994…which was the year I graduated from high school.  I certainly didn’t get the meaning of the tune but I could feel how powerful it was.  Now some 24 years later, I get it.  It’s about looking back…and sometimes that isn’t always pleasant.  And with that,

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Smoke

(Ben Folds cover) Jen and I took a vacation and visited Yosemite.  Part of it was on fire…hence the smoke reference.  This tune has represented many things for me over the years…I think the lyrics say it better than I could…again, my one man percussion band. Leaf by Leaf page by page Throw this book

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Linus and Lucy

(Vince Guaraldi cover) This was the first tune with the marimba!  The solo in the middle is far more difficult than it sounds.

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Landed

My wife is a big Ben Folds fan so I tried this tune.  Now i’m a big fan too.  🙂 We’d hit the bottom I thought it was my fault And in a way I guess it was I’m just now finding out What it was all about We moved to the west coast away

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Ain’t My Fault

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