MH – Drumming as creative outlet

A new friend of mine, who I met through my friend Erik, is an incredible drummer. I had no idea until Erik sent me the link to a video on youtube that they had done in John’s basement. I had thought, oh a clip of someone messing around on the drums, and wasn’t all that interested. That is until I heard it.

I wrote to John and asked if he’d mind if I blogged about it and he said sure, then I asked if I could share a little about his mental health issues for mental health awareness month, and he said go for it. I don’t know a lot, but I know he’s in recovery like me, and he also battles depression and anxiety.

This video’s sound quality isn’t great and Erik told me some techno geek stuff about the compression rate and stuff lol. The symbols sound a little psychedelic, but other than that, it’s great. I was blown away and don’t know how many times I’ve played the video. Erik tells me that John’s dad and grandfather were drummers too, but John has never had lessons and hasn’t even been playing all that much lately. I asked John if the drumming was a creative outlet for him, a way to kind of let loose and he said absolutely.

I think creativity is a great form of therapy and that’s why my crochet days are so valuable to me.

So, after all my build up, please check out John’s drumming. I hope you like it as much as I do!


Filed under awareness month, mental health

2 Responses to MH – Drumming as creative outlet

  1. Jen

    cool. I’d love to be able to play the drums, but I don’t have the patience to learn and I think OJ would hate me forever!

  2. Not bad, not bad at all. Especially not bad for a guy who you say hasn’t been playing that long.

    I wish I could play too. I did a little bit of teaching myself years ago and wasn’t too terrible though my technique was completely messed up. I taught myself essentially backwards because I have better command of one hand than I do the other so it made more sense to play that way.

    A few years ago I nearly had a chance to get proper lessons from a pro musician, but it didn’t work out. It’s one of those things I’d love to get back into but just haven’t done. Maybe one day…

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