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From: wrayb Date: May 1st, 2005 02:13 pm (UTC) (Link)


I couldn't make it as a rock drummer. I could never just leave the beat alone. I kept picking at it and teasing it. Making it go faster then go slower until finally because of my abuse to the beat I was told to go home.

That's when I got the idea that a piano was a drum with a lot of little heads. John Cage approved of this in concept but before he could tell me in person he died (I hear he was a big time operator with lots of contacts and and...oh well best not to dwell on what might have been).

Here I am stranded in NYC awaiting approval from the new incarnation of John Cage. When I find him then I can pull my neglected exercise pad from atop my neglected piano and see if he can this time show appreciation of my abuse.

Until then I am alone in my room practising self abuse.

You didn't really need to knonw all that Iguess. I guess I could has just simply acknowledged your decades after the fact compliment and wondered in type about the fate of your friend's Rickenbacher. Ironically although I was a big early 60s guitar band fan I never heard of Dick Dale until I bought some pc video game called something like Rocket Gladiator which used two or three Dick Dale tunes for the soundtrack. Living in Amarillo in a Church of Christ family I heard only the most mainstream hits that made it to radio in even that dusty corner of the USA.
shayesaintjohn From: shayesaintjohn Date: May 2nd, 2005 12:09 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: drummin'

Is Church Of Christ a strict church? Were you a sheltered child growing up. Were your parents real strict disciplinerians? Did you have a tv? Did you go to the movies? What sort of clique did you run with in High School? Geeks? Jocks? Loner? Did you escape Texas the instant you were old enough to do so?

Along with Mr. Cage I approve your concept as well. It makes sense. Too bad he died before you could say "OMG" to him.

Dick Dale is the creatoer of surf music sound. The originator. The Ventures became famous doing covers of his songs. He is finally getting the recognition that truly deserves.

My friends Richenbacher sits adoringly in his living room. It is lime green.

Get out of your room you have had enough practice.
From: wrayb Date: May 2nd, 2005 01:37 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: drummin'

My father was so strict that the church seemed a lark. My social life was a series of droughts and floods, I was lucky to have lots of siblings for co-conspirators. I made friends here and there. I left Texas (with a couple of friends) right after HS and 1 semester of college but went back. I'm glad I did; living a stellar if obscure life in Texas and Louisiana. I moved to NYC because of my ex's going to grad school here. She left. I stayed.

I am the harshest critic of my ideas causing more of them to be stillborn. I mostly leave my room to go into gatherer mode, in search of sustenance, physical and cultural.

I just did an internet search on the person who provided me with just a vague enough link to John Cage to spur me to name drop in my previous message. I am sad to read that my Texas acquaintance committed suicide the year after I moved to NYC. A suicide calculated to avoid the continued pain of death by lung cancer.


Jerry and I once had long conversations about sound and humans, one of the reasons I am glad I returned for a while to Texas. Prior to an earlier trip (in the early 80s) to NYC Jerry had given me John Cages' phone number and suggested that I look him up. What was the point I thought and so I just savored that Jerry had given me the number.

I guess I should go eat and accept that this weekend has ended.
shayesaintjohn From: shayesaintjohn Date: May 3rd, 2005 03:32 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: drummin'

I am my own worst critic too. I think that is true of most people excluding narcists and the very naive.

Poor Jerry. Too much coffee and tobacco. I learned of John Cage in an art appreciation class in college. It was the chapter on dissonance and incongruety within art. Or something like that...we listened to that famous song of his I forget the actual title but it was the length of the song...something like 4:11. After learning of his work I noticed his name popping up alot when reading anything having to do with art subculture and the like.

Will you stay in NY until you die?
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