Re: Your parents' attitude towards your drumming
Both of my parents are public school music teachers, both graduated from Westchester and both went to Michigan. They've been teaching for like 20 years or something, so naturally they would be happy that their son is in no small way involved in musical pursuits. They're really encouraging and helpful with music and what I want to do for a career. As all parents are, though, they were wary that at first it was just a phase, or a fling, but I think now they get the idea. Dropping that $850 for the first set was a big deal.
Also, I wasn't aware of this until a little bit into when I started, but my grandmother was a drummer during her younger years, which amazed me considering the era she was playing in. Funny story: she was offered her first paying gig after graduating from college and turned them down because they "couldn't believe a girl could play that well"!
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