Instrumentally speaking…

27 10 2011

Best seat in the house

As I sit to take a break from drumming I felt compelled to write. Here in my den I am surrounded by music. I have music playing wirelessly to my Vdrum monitor. If I weren’t sitting on the futon warming my crotch with my macbook pro I would likely be sitting at my Kit drumming along to whatever happens to be playing or if I wanted I could fire up Debbie (my Gibson Studio) and strum along happily pretending to be another guy from Weezer.

Having performed on stage many times I can attest to the rush one gets from performing for an audience. To speak to people thru an instrument is something I don’t think I have ever taken for granted. I struggled early to pick up and get pretty good at playing Bass, Guitar and now my latest passion, Drumming.

When I first got my drum kit, A Roland TD4 electronic kit, I was mediocre at best but I loved it so much I just kept playing. I would play to whatever came up in the Shuffle and if I missed a change I would go back and play the song again. I am not saying I am an amazing drummer but I have improved because I love to play and learn. I like mixing it up. I’ll fire up some House beats and try to add my own flava’. Or I’ll pound along to some Foo’s or maybe play my own percussion to some unplugged version of a Dave Matthews song. Doesn’t matter what it sounds like, it’s a form of art. You can basically paint the air with sound waves leaving your own impression.

If you have always wanted to play an instrument, the Recorder, mouth harp, conga drum, guitar, harp, your voice, whatever. DO IT. Be patient and pick something up and learn it, take a lesson. Playing an instrument will add so much pleasure to your life and give you an appreciation of just how talented those artist you listen to all the time actually are. The one and only thing keeping you from doing it is yourself.

Rock on!!





Cull – A softer kind of kill…

25 10 2011

Cheaky

Since I moved to BC in the early 90’s I have had a lot of exposure to wildlife. On the coast is was always about bears. Sure, they were always around. I have been within  a few meters of these gentle beasts without anything more than a “Hey how you doing?” while I gear up and get the hell out of there. I never carried bear spray as I really didn’t think I would need it. Besides, if I were charged or attacked by a bear or cougar I would have to stop my bike, dismount, dig out the spray and try to get a stream off before my head becomes a hazelnut for old smoky to chew on. I know what they are and what they are capable of and that for the most part they want less to do with us then we do our Dentist.

Here in the columbia valley we have Bear, Black and Grizzly, Cougar, Elk, Big Horn Sheep and tons of Deer. Would  you be surprised to learn that Deer are the pests here in this valley?

When I first moved here I was shocked by all the Deer around. They are everywhere munching on green stuff which includes peoples gardens. Sure they have had some encounters with people’s pets and a few folks but does that mean a Cull?!

We had a beautiful garden that lasted all season. We decided to do little research to see what plants wouldn’t attract the deer so we could avoid planting attractants. We planted Asters, Sweet Pea, Sunflowers etc and guess what. No Deer.

We live in the Rocky Mountains and we’re surrounded by wildlife. With a little effort by us, the higher thinkers (apparently) we could control the flow of deer in the valley a little. Sure the snow will creep down the mountain driving the animals to town to feed but if the grocery store is closed or even out of stock won’t they go elsewhere? Of course they will cause that’s what they do.  Sleep, eat and breed (lower thinkers – sounds fun actually).  No food – move on after some nookie.

With a little thought we could easily reduce the Deer numbers. Perhaps with a little effort a Cull wouldn’t be required. We should be planting our gardens with wildlife in mind not with the attitude that the town will come in with it’s magic boom stick and make all the deer go away.

We have the control solutions. Let’s try them out.

Invermere Deer Cull