Re: Getting closer to the kit./my adventures

Discussion in 'rec.music.percussion' started by Mike Rittenhouse, Aug 19, 2003.

  1. "Chris Milillo" <drums@bestweb.net> wrote in message
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    > Yo, Mike! It HAS been a while! How're things?
    >
    > CM


    Things are basically good... did jazz trios on Carnival ships for 3 years.
    It was a good gig for me at the time, steady, easy money, and the fringe
    benefits! Women from around the world, free 24 hour bacon, cheap alcohol
    and cigarettes, the opportunity to see a big part of the world. It was a
    good escape. I can now say "How's it goin eh?" in 13 different languages,
    and "I love you!" in about 7 or more... the musical experiences were both
    good and bad. Met many great musicians from all over the world and
    travelled to their home countries in my off time, made some contacts which
    are still going around for me now. However, I do feel in many ways it was
    bad for my musical soul being on the ships that long, and I am in a process
    of recovery from that. I haven't quite figured it all out. My playing has
    changed.

    For the last 7 months I have been touring Canada with a large circus,
    playing some venues I had only dreamed of before. In a couple weeks I'll be
    back at Skydome in Toronto for our season's end. We have a good band with
    some great players... mostly pop, rock and latin music, and I've found it to
    be a very challenging new skill to learn(a work in progress every show). I
    have a big responsibility to hit shots and changes with the various
    performers acts, while still watching the conductor, and trying to make
    musical sense of some very unmusical punctuations. To tell the truth, it's
    pretty hard, both physically and mentally. At the start I was being drained
    of all my energy and concentration, but I've got some pretty good road chops
    together now. I can hardly wait to do some shows wearing jeans and a
    t-shirt!!

    Other than that, I moved out of the city to a 65 acre apple farm, learned
    how to turn my phone off and I'm learning to enjoy my down time. I have a
    wonderful girlfriend from Lithuania(one of the dangers of international
    travel!), and she's here with me now. Life is basically good. Anyone want
    some apple pie? Apple juice? Apples with a side of apples? I wonder if I
    can make apple moonshine....
  2. Glenn Dowdy

    Glenn Dowdy Guest

    "Mike Rittenhouse" <zippofluid@hotmail.com> wrote in message
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    >
    > I wonder if I
    > can make apple moonshine....
    >

    That's called applejack or cider. I'll be your beta tester.

    Glenn D.
  3. "Mike Rittenhouse" <zippofluid@hotmail.com> wrote in message
    news:Kdu0b.5497$q9.304705@read1.cgocable.net...
    >
    > "Chris Milillo" <drums@bestweb.net> wrote in message
    > news:bhsik3$c1f$1@bob.news.rcn.net...
    > > Yo, Mike! It HAS been a while! How're things?
    > >
    > > CM

    >
    > Things are basically good... did jazz trios on Carnival ships for 3 years.
    > It was a good gig for me at the time, steady, easy money, and the fringe
    > benefits! Women from around the world, free 24 hour bacon, cheap alcohol
    > and cigarettes, the opportunity to see a big part of the world. It was a
    > good escape. I can now say "How's it goin eh?" in 13 different languages,
    > and "I love you!" in about 7 or more... the musical experiences were both
    > good and bad. Met many great musicians from all over the world and
    > travelled to their home countries in my off time, made some contacts which
    > are still going around for me now. However, I do feel in many ways it was
    > bad for my musical soul being on the ships that long, and I am in a

    process
    > of recovery from that. I haven't quite figured it all out. My playing

    has
    > changed.
    >
    > For the last 7 months I have been touring Canada with a large circus,
    > playing some venues I had only dreamed of before. In a couple weeks I'll

    be
    > back at Skydome in Toronto for our season's end. We have a good band with
    > some great players... mostly pop, rock and latin music, and I've found it

    to
    > be a very challenging new skill to learn(a work in progress every show).

    I
    > have a big responsibility to hit shots and changes with the various
    > performers acts, while still watching the conductor, and trying to make
    > musical sense of some very unmusical punctuations. To tell the truth,

    it's
    > pretty hard, both physically and mentally. At the start I was being

    drained
    > of all my energy and concentration, but I've got some pretty good road

    chops
    > together now. I can hardly wait to do some shows wearing jeans and a
    > t-shirt!!
    >
    > Other than that, I moved out of the city to a 65 acre apple farm, learned
    > how to turn my phone off and I'm learning to enjoy my down time. I have a
    > wonderful girlfriend from Lithuania(one of the dangers of international
    > travel!), and she's here with me now. Life is basically good. Anyone

    want
    > some apple pie? Apple juice? Apples with a side of apples? I wonder if

    I
    > can make apple moonshine....


    Wow, Mike! Seems like you've been through a lot since we've last spoken.
    I'm sure that as time passes, you'll look back on your time on the ships as
    life experiences which make you who you are today.
    Glad to see that you're still out there, working as a drummer. As we all
    know, it ain't easy! Welcome back.

    CM
  4. "Chris Milillo" <drums@bestweb.net> wrote in message
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    > Wow, Mike! Seems like you've been through a lot since we've last

    spoken.
    > I'm sure that as time passes, you'll look back on your time on the ships

    as
    > life experiences which make you who you are today.
    > Glad to see that you're still out there, working as a drummer. As we

    all
    > know, it ain't easy! Welcome back.
    >
    > CM


    Hey Chris,

    Thanks for the welcome man. It's really nice to see you are still around
    too! Fill me in on your scene...Yeah, these gigs didn't kill me, but they
    will have made me stronger by the end of it all. I've certainly learned
    alot about myself mostly ;) It's amazing how intertwined our life
    experiences are with our drumming and music. One and the same in the end.
    I bought a new kit for inspiration, first time in 13 years, and gave my old
    drums to my best friend for his kids to get started... I've promised him I
    will write the life story of those drums, and he wants it placed inside
    them. The history is important! My babies! Ok, I'm getting misty... they
    just left my house an hour ago. I need a tissue...

    God I'm so glad that those beaten up, pitted hardware, untunable pieces of
    sh-t are gone!!!!!!!!! Should have ditched them years ago! Hello singing
    toms, cannon bass, light hardware, sparkling pretty finish!

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