Honestly didn’t even know I had this record. Just found it. Taking it for a spin. Friday surprises are kind of the best. #bewhatyoumake
FROM THE BLOG: 3 Ways The Video Game ‘Pitfall’ Prepared Me For Life • http://bit.ly/skelkey74 • #bewhatyoumake • See, Mom? I did learn something. • I’m old enough to look back at the evolution of video games and be in awe of all of it. I was little when it became a “thing” and I remember liking it as much as any of my friends, which is to say that we had fun but also didn’t let it take over our other interests. • We were good at video games, but when we were done, we went outside and played. Got dirty. Eventually got super awkward with girls. You know…all of that. • I still have all the old consoles, too. Atari. The original Nintendo. Man, I need to hook those up. • A few years ago, I was trying to explain “my” old games to a kid who was waaaaaay into video games. I told him how I was the “Pitfall” champion in my house and he had never heard of the game. I told him that it was screen after screen of different scenarios and for each scenario, you needed to move your guy from the left side to the right side without falling into a pit, or getting caught in a random campfire, or eaten by alligators. If you made it, you had another scenario waiting for you. And then one after that. • And then, yes, one after that. • Kid: “What’s the point? I mean, how do you know if you won?” • Me: “Won? Won what?” • Kid: “The game. When does it end?” • Me: “Hmm…well, it ends when you die.” • Then it hit me, the video game Pitfall is life. • Pitfall — profound in its simplicity — is life, and it has taught me perhaps the three most important lessons about life. • [Read more. Link in bio].
Inhale. Exhale. Yeah...that’s nice. Bamboo grass also grow 10x as fast as trees so give it a spot in your gig bag. It’s earned it. #bewhatyoumake
Your instrument has feelings too, ya know. Be good to it. #bewhatyoumake
Some of eco-friendly music gear headed to happy homes in AL, CA, CO, IN, MO, and TX. #bewhatyoumake
Yep. The MRB monthly e-newsletter is where those sweet, sweet coupon codes are. 😉 Never spammy. Totally worth it. Get inside. Hit up the website and find the link in the footer. #bewhatyoumake
FROM THE BLOG: A Doctor’s Diagnosis on the Most Famous Woman Ever • http://bit.ly/skelkey73 • #bewhatyoumake • Change your perspective. Change everything. • Seeing old things in a new way is easier said than done. It’s all about perspective, and it’s human nature to unknowingly settle into a place where your perspective is limited. I mean, it’s worked for you thus far and has helped you see and appreciate so much, so…why change it? • Well, because new perspectives can recognize new things. It’s really that simple. • My wife recently told me about an article that she read about a new perspective taken to something that has been stared at for hundreds of years: the Mona Lisa. I’ve had the pleasure of seeing it with my own eyes many years ago when my family went to France and spent some time in The Louvre. It was smaller than I thought it was going to be, but even at a young age, I recognized how amazing it was. • Expert and amateur admirers alike, have pondered every last detail about the painting, but nothing is as discussed as her smile. Its crookedness, subtlety, and “knowing” smile has interested viewers for years. We know that Da Vinci was a stickler for detail and accuracy, so all of his works were as much an accomplishment in science as they were masterpieces of visual art. • A new perspective • The article discussed a new perspective on this original masterpiece. A doctor from Boston went to see the Mona Lisa last year and saw things that perhaps no one had before. • He admits to now knowing much about appreciating art, but definitely knows how to make a clinical diagnosis. So he did what he knows how to do and made one. • He saw Lisa’s very small imperfections on her eye, neck, and finger, her thinning and receding hair, her discolorations, and her puffy face. Right there on the spot, he diagnosed her with hypothyroidism. • [Read more. Link in bio.] >>>
Prepping for the first annual @stldrumshow next month. Gonna be so rad! Two of my fave things: my city and drums. #bewhatyoumake