Tuesday, July 6, 2021

Cindy Blackman: The Coolest Drummer

Although largely medical in focus, this blog is an extension of my personality and passions....drumming (and music) is one of them.

Earlier in the week I listened to a Modern Drummer Podcast on Cindy Blackman,  virtuoso rock drummer with Lenny Kravitz. Cindy is also a highly regarded jazz drummer, with serious technical chops.

My band, Vagabond Dandies, covers a Lenny Kravitz song (are You Gonna Go My Way?) so I fully appreciate the groove and power in Cindy's drumming.  Most importantly, after learning more about Cindy via the podcast, I fully appreciate her style, musicality, versatility and power on the set.

Cindy Blackman is The Coolest Drummer in modern rock and roll.

Thursday, July 1, 2021

The Buddhist on Death Row: Free Your Mind and Your Ass Will Follow


If you seek a truly unique read, one which will both inspire you and stretch your understanding of the power of awareness and self-mastery, The Buddhist on Death Row by David Sheff will deliver on all counts. The book relates the story of Jarvis Masters, on death row for 30+ years, and how he discovered light in the darkest of places.

As in the postscript, quoting George Clinton of Funkadelic:

Free your mind and your ass will follow

So true.

Wednesday, June 23, 2021

How to Truly Listen: Insights from a Deaf Percussionist


This blog reflects my interests, medicine, music, books etc.....and the above TED talk is extraordinary, wherein a highly talented deaf percussionist, Evelyn Glennie, shares her goal of teaching others to listen.

Listening is much more than simply processing sound waves, it is visual, tactile and situational. Playing music is about hearing, feeling and interpreting.

Listen to the message.

Monday, June 14, 2021

An Image is Worth Many (If not 1000) Words

It is not often (if ever) that I receive fan mail. This one is neither short nor sweet. Here is an emphatic letter from a passionate yet misguided Virginian (name of sender removed).  

As an infectious diseases specialist, I do not concur.

Obviously, no response required.

Sunday, May 30, 2021

Good Read: Ten Lessons for a Post Pandemic World

Despite COVID-19 fatigue, I greatly enjoyed Ten Lessons for a Post Pandemic World by Fareed Zakaria. 

Take home messages: nations are more interconnected than ever, we are social animals, life is increasingly digital, inequality is deepening, globalization is not dead, markets are not enough, the quality of government matters and people should listen to experts (and experts should listen to people).

With that in mind, nothing is written, we still can shape our future so as to more convincingly and humanely respond to the next great catastrophe.