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Let’s Talk: What’s your most treasured music memory?

Happy weekend, folks. With the first day of Spring finally upon us, I’d thought we’d all take a trip down to memory lane, and discuss our most treasured memories in the world of music.

Live or recording – what’s the best memory in music you hold? The one you hold dear – or simply just a fond tale of your past experience?

Let me know.

With me suffering hideously with hay fever today – so fittingly on the first day of Spring, too – let’s gloss over the fact that music and it’s beautiful moments won’t be til after Summer this year, and talk about what we miss about the most, and what we have loved along the way.

I’d have to say my most treasured music memory is witnessing the rock legends, Foo Fighters live at the National Bowl in Milton Keynes, UK. I remember as if it were yesterday – a year prior to when I was set to be whisked off to University in 2016, we spent one final piss-up with some lads from back home, paying a fitting tribute to Grohl and co, Royal Blood and naked-drunk music icon, Iggy Pop. Yet, this gig was simply one-of-a-kind, because we saw Grohl in a way that no one would ever see again.

After recovering from breaking his leg in Sweden earlier that year, Grohl was – rather fittingly – occupying a “rock throne,” marked up with guitar necks and luminous beauty. Despite not having the same energy and give Grohl would often given if he was his own two feet, it was still a sight to see – a moment that would be short-lived as he would recover just the year after.

Bellowing out rock classics amidst of crowd of thousands – with vivid detail of what those porta-loos looked like – whilst the sun in the shire of Buckingham settled down for the night, was and still is, one of those that will stay with me forever. It will stay with me too, especially since I saved the very ticket and wristband that got me into the gig in the first place.

Right, I think that’s me done. What about you lot?

Do let me know your most treasured moment of music in the comments below – I’d love to hear them!

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Me and My Drumming

I couldn’t find any pictures of myself that will fit this, but this tells the same story …

I feel like I’ve been incredibly lucky since March 2020 when COVID hit our shores in the UK. Me and my partner have not only managed to remain healthy throughout this period, but also be able to maintain our current jobs.

I know there are more people are more worse off than me and my situation, so for that, I’m eternally grateful. But there’s something bugging me the further we go venture into another lockdown …

One more month has gone by without any active and consistent drumming practice from me. I love the drums and everything to do with it – but without my practice, I fear I will start to lose my ‘skills’ and my muscle memory will start to deteriorate.

With no space within my own accommodation to fit a kit, I’ve been actively going to the nearest rehearsal studio for practice. But, of course, virus restrictions put a stop to that plan. Now, I have my ‘lil drum practice pad to keep me company, where I’ve been doing the odd rudiments here and there, but it is simply not the same without a fully fleshed drum kit and is simply not rigorous enough to deem as sufficient practice in my eyes.

The one saving grace with this all is that, I have fallen into productivity more so, with listening to music and blogging to keep my mind occupied during this troubling time in-between working, but I’m seriously missing blasting out on a kit – even if its just for a couple of minutes. Here’s hoping that the vaccine roll-out will all be completed during the start of Spring so we can get back to doing what we love outside. Drumming.

Before the year 2020 began, I had ample time to practice and even record some bits and bobs. As always, you can catch what I got up to prior on my YouTube channel (that has since remained extinct.)

Here’s to returning soon.