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Old 02-19-2013, 04:48 PM
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Chromium's thread got me thinking about where I was at earlier in my life, and I thought it might be insightful and fun to learn where everyone was at, say, half your current age.

My number is 28 (I'm 56) and I was already working with Al, and had just received my first gold album. That year I signed endorsements with Corder, DW, Remo and Simmons. I was single, and working days (between tours) at Westwood One. I also played with L.A. rockabilly scenester Rip Masters. I had no idea what the future would bring, or that I would have such long-term relationships. I certainly couldn't have imagined the Al gig lasting for what is now more than half my life. The Westwood One job lasted 14 years, and the Rip gig is still going strong. In fact, I'm recording with Al's band today, and gigging with Rip tonight!

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Old 02-19-2013, 05:02 PM
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I was still in middle school... taking trumpet and baratone lessons. Can't really say much more than that because I hadn't done anything interesting yet since I was 11.5! Give me five more years and I can add that I started my first job :P
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Old 02-19-2013, 05:14 PM
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I'm 22 so I was 11. I wouldn't begin playing drums for five more years.
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Old 02-19-2013, 05:24 PM
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I was 23, had been married for a little over a year and was working as a sheriffs dispatcher. Drumming wasn't even a thought for me at that time.
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Old 02-19-2013, 05:29 PM
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Your actually spot on Bermuda, that was exactly half my current life. I was also at university, a mature student of 24. I bet you were amazed by that pure raw talent in my recording eh?
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Neat question!

I was 24, fresh out of Uncle Sam's Army, had just started school at the local community college and was working at Safeway in the butcher shop here in Austin. I was 1/2 way through what was to be a 20 year break in playing drums seriously. This was 1 year before I met my wife, and we have been married 23 years this year...time flies!

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Old 02-19-2013, 06:16 PM
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I guess what I was doing half my life ago is a little different than most here. I was 30 and had been playing drums for a living for 12 years or so. I lived in the woods at the end of a dead end road where I built a small cabin, cleared land and gardened. Finally had electricity and running water but went several years without either.
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Old 02-19-2013, 06:22 PM
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I guess what I was doing half my life ago is a little different than most here. I was 30 and had been playing drums for a living for 12 years or so. I lived in the woods at the end of a dead end road where I built a small cabin, cleared land and gardened. Finally had electricity and running water but went several years without either.
Now that sounds like a really cool thing. Pics of the cabin? :)
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Old 02-19-2013, 07:21 PM
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Now that sounds like a really cool thing. Pics of the cabin? :)
I no longer own the old place and don't have any digital photos of the place from back then. I was in the area last year and stopped in to see what the place looked like. It's weathered but still looks pretty much the same.

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Old 02-19-2013, 07:24 PM
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I would've been twelve and probably in the midst of one of my numerous suspensions from school...
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Old 02-19-2013, 07:32 PM
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I was 28 and working by day at an audio/video store in New Orleans. By night I was playing in a classic rock band and a blues band. Peace and goodwill.
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Old 02-19-2013, 07:40 PM
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At half my current age, I was 19 1/2... I had just enlisted in the Air Force.

I graduated from Basic Training 20 years ago next month.

Man, where does the time go?
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Old 02-19-2013, 07:41 PM
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39 now so at that time I was 19, have been living in Germany since 1979, had just finished the Gymnasium (what we call 'grammar school' here), got drafted to serve in the Bundeswehr (German army, 1 year at that time). That was the period when I actually stopped continuously doing track & field (specialising on medium distances).

As for music, at that time I had been playing the el. guitar for 3 years (autodidact) and was focusing on technique (rock, metal), took up drums much later, at age 37. Damn... why not earlier ;-)

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Wow, that's a nice pic and cabin!! That pic has a very pleasing vibe.
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Old 02-19-2013, 07:46 PM
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38 now

at 19 I was on tour with a very loud raunchy rock band living in extreme debauchery in Los Angeles

sometimes I think about the person I was then and think ...who the hell was that ?
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Old 02-19-2013, 08:02 PM
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38 now

at 19 I was on tour with a very loud raunchy rock band living in extreme debauchery in Los Angeles

sometimes I think about the person I was then and think ...who the hell was that ?
It's odd how quickly things change, isn't it?

I think back to when I was 16 (I was on this forum actually) and how different I am now. Six stone heavier but also a lot less na´ve and more likely to fight my corner when challenged. I'm a lot more discerning with my friends now too and I've learned so much since then.

I am, however, a lot slower to anger and probably slightly more forgiving than I was back then.
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Old 02-19-2013, 08:03 PM
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Half my age now would be 23. I just entered college for a business degree and began "dating" the girl who I'd marry 6 years later.

Musically I already transitioned from gigging in clubs to playing private parties, weddings, corporate events, etc... Was also teaching a great deal and doing a mess of recording projects.

Gear wise I played the same Recording Custom set I purchased around 1985 and just sold last year.
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Old 02-19-2013, 08:08 PM
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I was 24, in the Air Force and gigging in L.A. where i could.
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Old 02-19-2013, 08:14 PM
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This week in February 1991, I was 21. I was in university studying engineering.

Six weeks earlier I met the woman who has been my wife for the last 18 years.

Later in the spring I played my first gig ever at a college house party.

In the summer I worked as an engineering intern and spent my time fishing and mountain biking.

In the fall it was back to school again...
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Old 02-19-2013, 08:26 PM
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@Chipotle - wow I am impressed by the cabin. I want one! Seems so quiet and simple. Build me one....I'm serious. Drumming in the loft, little organic veggie garden... so cool :)
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Old 02-19-2013, 08:44 PM
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Chop me in half, I was 15; high school. Had already started playing guitar and bass with my buddies (now bandmates), but hadn't yet picked up the sticks for a year or two more. One led to another.

I remember one month when I was 15, I was suspended from school for a total of 3 weeks, and no one suspension was for more than a few days. I'd go back, and immediately get into trouble through no fault of my innocent self. In fact, towards the end of that run, I legitimately got suspended for things I really had no part in... They just looked to me and assumed if something nefarious happened and I was anywhere nearby, it was me. They started to give me "in house" suspension where I say in the admin offices all day instead of sending me home where I could play guitar and video games. Smart move on their part, but I wasn't a fan.
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Old 02-19-2013, 08:54 PM
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I was 25, doing a PhD....but a serious air drummer.
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Old 02-19-2013, 08:57 PM
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I was 24 back in 1990 and I have to admit - I'd just been floating around. I had already been playing at Disneyland since 1986 as a seasonal musician, which meant I wasn't working for other seasons, and was slowly working my way through college and I think at this point I was completing a two-year program as a paralegal at my community college. I played in a few rock bands but smartly survived one year playing in the college jazz band under Ashley Alexander (who was an old road dog, having played with Stan Kenton and Maynard Ferguson) and he pretty much whipped me into shape about what I needed to work on. Thanks to him, I managed to hook up with other old pros to get their insights about being a musician in the music business.

Two years after that I got married and that's when everything started to change ;)
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Old 02-19-2013, 09:18 PM
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21,living in Hollywood, going to P.I.T.

My illusions of becoming a super versatile drummer were falling apart, but over all, my playing was starting to actual come together.

Where I met a then young, unknown Ray Luzier, who came in for 2 hours a week. I went to then MI president Pat Hicks and asked him to hire Ray for more hours because he was the only real hard rock/metal guy on staff. And Pat did. Later that summer, I met this goofy 16 year old kid with braces, who perhaps didn't have much talent (yet) but showed incredible determination, so me and a few others took him under our wing for a while. He's going to be featured in next month Modern Drummer. Needless to say, musically speaking, his next 21 years went better than mine, LOL.
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Old 02-19-2013, 09:19 PM
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Oh God...

I was half my age way back in 1979. At which point - I was 34 - I was getting divorced from my 1st wife and looking for a house in Laurel Canyon to live in. I had a feature film and a couple of pilots to write (the feature was a sequel to FANTASTIC VOYAGE, but at the last moment the studio looked at what the budget would be and chickened out) so I had some money.

My soon-to-be ex-wife, however, had the really valuable stuff, my 2 kids and my drums. I was miserable.

Hope someone asks this again in a couple of years because the next year things got a little better. The divorce was over, so I had the drums and access to the kids. I was also learning just how cool it was to be a single writer-producer in a town where everyone wanted to get to know writer-producers better. And I'd just found this great little house on Wonderland Avenue that had formerly been owned by Ray Manzarek and couldn't wait to sign the lease.

(I'm being subtle here, which goes against my TV training, so I'll add this. If you know about the Doors, you know about that house.)

Thanks for inspiring this eclectic group of memories.
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Old 02-19-2013, 09:32 PM
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I'd just hung up my sticks forever & walked away from music, almost exactly to the week actually.
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Old 02-19-2013, 09:38 PM
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2003 - snot nosed 10 year old kid busy making noise and dramas for my parents I believe!



Not much has changed in hindsight.....
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Old 02-19-2013, 09:44 PM
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Nice thread.

I was 30 and in the best band (isnt hindsight a wonderfull thing) I have ever been involved with.
The rest of the band ranged in ages from my 18 year old brother on bass, to John, one of the guitarists, who was 24.
We did all original material, a sort of post punk melodic thing. It pains me to say it now but I left this band and gave up drumming cos my first wife was not happy with the time it was taking up!!!!!!!!
We had three songwriters in the band so new material was not an issue. The musicians,although much younger than me, were not only very accomplished but very inventive.........and I gave it up for a woman. Doh.

What always makes me feel worse is the fact that they auditioned lots of drummers but said they could not get the right guy, so I was also responsible for the breakup of a great band.

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I was 20 back in 1992, and in the Army. First tour in Korea, where I did not have access to drums for a year, and drinking was cheap and legal. I very nearly derailed my entire life right there. Glad I got my $#!* together.

Nice to see so many fellow veterans on the thread. Maybe we ought to host a veterans' thread elsewhere...?
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I was helping people get out of a cult. Wow, what a world away that was.
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I'm 47, so at 24 I had just moved to England to work with disabled kids. 23 years on I'm back in scotland, still following that career path, although I now manage others doing basically the same thing with disabled adults. Still drumming at the weekends in bars, which is just how I like it! I did have fewer children at that point- 0, my wife and i now have 3 and we have 2 foster children living with us too. Life is definitely more busy these days!
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I'd like to hear more about that mate! Feel free to PM if it's too sensitive for the public forum...
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I was 24 back in 1990 and I have to admit - I'd just been floating around. I had already been playing at Disneyland since 1986 as a seasonal musician, which meant I wasn't working for other seasons, and was slowly working my way through college and I think at this point I was completing a two-year program as a paralegal at my community college. I played in a few rock bands but smartly survived one year playing in the college jazz band under Ashley Alexander (who was an old road dog, having played with Stan Kenton and Maynard Ferguson) and he pretty much whipped me into shape about what I needed to work on. Thanks to him, I managed to hook up with other old pros to get their insights about being a musician in the music business.

Two years after that I got married and that's when everything started to change ;)
Wow- I was the same age at the same time and got married 2 years later too. I've been to Disneyland 3 times in the past 8 years too. Are we related?
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I'm 47, so at 24 I had just moved to England to work with disabled kids. 23 years on I'm back in scotland, still following that career path, although I now manage others doing basically the same thing with disabled adults. Still drumming at the weekends in bars, which is just how I like it! I did have fewer children at that point- 0, my wife and i now have 3 and we have 2 foster children living with us too. Life is definitely more busy these days!

Fairplay to you buddy, nice to see someone so dedicated, especially in that field!
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Old 02-19-2013, 11:11 PM
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I was 22 and doing roofing at the time. My drumming wasn't that great. I think Wratthchild was a popular song we tried to play. I just jammed with friends mostly. Not much has changed.
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I was 31 and finishing up my stay with Uncle Sams Army and beginning a career in law enforcement. Was an interesting time back in 1982.
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I was 24 playing 70 gigs a year in a cover band, just graduated as mechanical engineer.
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I would have been 32. Had finished College with a degree in teaching. Had finished with the Army. And was looking for decent employment. I was still swimming competitvely in AAU meets, and was coaching my son in soccer youth leagues. My swimming venture had me travelling up and down the East coast on the weekends and working crazy jobs to support that. Drumming was not happening at that time, but I still owned a pair of sticks and a pad to keep the rudiments alive.
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I was 12. 7th grade. 2nd year playing drums in the concert bands at school. First girlfriend. Even back at that age I was listening to a lot of classic rock and classic R&B, but I also had a lot more punk rock, metal, absolutely no jazz back then.
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