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!