Just thinking back on what has happened to me/with me over the last ten years of playing and thought it'd be interesting to share and learn from you.
- Been in two bands long-term (one since 2010 with a three-year hiatus, one for the past four years)
- Slimmed down from my ridiculous seven- or eight-piece kit to a four-piece
- Picked up a LOT of Latin chops, both through playing in a Latin rock band and by expanding my listening
- Played three regional theater runs
- Went back to basics with timekeeping and burying the click
- Incorporated electronics into the kit
- Assistant worship pastor at my church (song selection, arrangements, technical direction)
If you put ten-years-ago me against today me, it'd be like the "you're amazing / you're hired" comic strip. I feel like a four-on-the-floor groove machine now. It's been good.
How about you?
Career wise - tons. Lots and lots - doing stuff now that I never thought I'd be doing, including being able to hire three full time employees for our music/media company.
Playing wise - I don't play traditional grip anymore....I've sort of shifted from Jazz funk to almost like straight up funk and that's what comes out. I've gotten about 1000% more confident doing solos than I ever was in my younger years (for better or worse haha).
It's been a wonderful decade and I'm looking forward to the next one!