Gig Preparation

Preparation is key to a good performance. The only time I’ve ever been nervous to perform is when I know I haven’t fully prepared. “Practice” is what you do on your own. I practice to keep my body in shape and the chops to do the job because art shouldn’t suffer from a lack of technique. Some gigs require additional homework where I’ll chart songs if the material is new to me....

Peter Mulvey: Take Down Your Flag

Peter Mulvey wrote and debuted "Take Down Your Flag" two days after the 2015 Charleston church massacre. He then posted the song on YouTube, which prompted many other artists to contribute additional verses and upload their own versions of the song. Read the L.A Times article, "Why the ‘Take Down Your Flag’ songwriter was willing to be rude after Charleston shooting" Video I've performed...

Jonathan Burks Band Working Remotely

The Jonathan Burks band was scheduled to begin recording in March 2021, but then Wisconsin's aptly named 'Safer at Home' order was issued. When the going gets weird, the weird turn pro.Hunter S. Thompson We began Zoom meetings to stay connected and maintain at least a little momentum until we can reconvene again in person. The meetings evolved into virtual rehearsals and we are now proceeding...

I Don’t Play Drums; I Play Songs

The best seat in the house is the one behind the drum kit. I'm in my happy place when the band is connecting and songs are landing. I perform because I want to share an experience with people. Photo by Nath Dresser Drumming is a very healthy exercise. great for working out aggression, tension and aggravation. It's also great for developing coordination and connecting the mind and body. But when...