I did something I’d always been scared to do
Well, it’s not secret, and I’ve often said it when I’ve spoken or taught: If I could be a full time drummer, I would quit Flash in a second (ok millisecond). But apparently, I’m better at flash (which isn’t saying much) than I am at drums which is somewhat depressing actually 😉
on a total fluke, I ran across Guitar Center’s banner add for the annual Drum Off competition. I’ve been playing for over 25yrs now and NEVER entered a competition. To be honest, I was pretty well scared to do so. I’ve played in front of 3000 people before, but for some reason, sitting down infront of other drummers and trying to “impress” them…well, that was just nerve wracking.
[ Me, Riley and her friend ]
The drum off was the same day I’d read about it, and I’d mentioned it to my wife. She encouraged me to do it, and well, I sat down for an hour and hacked out an idea to play on and went to the store to sign in as an alternate. The signups had been available for weeks, so, there were only slots available if someone didn’t show up. I was thinking I might be safe and I wouldn’t make it in! “oh well, I tried” would have been my thought. As it turns out, there were spots available so I was able to get right in – yay. Then, we had to draw #’s to see who’d go first. You should have seen the blood leave my face as I picked… you guessed it …#1. Oye vey – what in the world had I gotten myself into?!?! no practice, first time ever and I’m first up. Murder me. Just bludgeon me to death.
Well, I wasn’t nearly as nervous as I thought I would be, and I got to meet the other guys and they were fantastic guys – so that was really encouraging. I really do think God heard my prayers and calmed me down a bit. I sat down, and had a really great time playing – I was pretty calm, not too nervous and I didn’t embarrass myself – which was my #1 goal – just don’t embarrass yourself!!. After it was over, I’d come in 2nd place and that means I go back in 2 weeks and repeat the craziness!! I could hardly believe my ears when they announced it. Anyway, it was a real moment for me and I broke through a major fear and wanted to share it with you guys.
I’m not kidding and I don’t really want to turn people off with “God talk” but, I prayed for calmness and a clear mind and I seriously think God stepped up for me in that moment and he deserves credit. I really expected to be nutty to be quite honest. I’m just so thankful that it wasn’t embarrassing.
Here’s the video – I doing a story with the drum solo, and the beginning of the story I said it was about “Riley and Luke, my kids who conspire to get to the candy…” – and no, that’s not my kit. They only allow you to bring your snare, kick pedals, sticks and throne.