Why Stop now?
My other worldDrumming for the WCA Band, Easter, 2012
I watched a documentary about the bass player for Motorhead, Lemmy. In it, after 50+ years of playing his instrument an interviewer asked him: "After all of these years what makes you keep doing it?" Lemmy's response: "After all these years Why stop now?"
He also said "You grow up dreaming about doing this and now your doing it, so why stop?"
Weather you like Lemmy, Motorhead or thrash speed metal is not the point. The point for me in music as well as painting is that when you grow up dreaming to do something and you get to do it, well, you just don't stop.
Someone asked me today after I finished playing drums for a set, they asked me if I had any plans to quit? I said "if they find me sitting on my drums or holding a brush in my hands when I die you will have to know that I could not have been happier.
Drumming, like painting began when I was just 6. Just like painting it was something that I discovered while at my uncle Allen's house in Toronto. I had seen drummers in my church growing up but it was mu uncle Allen who gave me those first set of drums to take home and bang around on. Was the beginning of a lifetime of drumming. If I had to decide which was more passionate for me; drumming or painting i would not be able to decide. Both were inter twined and integral to each other. Art gave me the colour I wanted to express and music gave me the volume and sheer pleasure of enjoying the musical vibe and chemistry.
Though never a Motorhead fan myself, more a Rush, Zeppelin, and more melodically Gordon Lightfoot, Sade fan, I dipped my feet into so many musical pools and enjoyed all of them.
Still do. Thank God for the strength to keep it up.
Thanks to Renaldo of Rad Photography for the use of this image.
The Artists Journey
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This sketch above became this finished painting below
The Pine Tree Painter.
How did I become known as the Pine Tree Painter? You could say I paint a lot of Pine Trees, that would be true. I paint a lot of other things too, but Pine Trees, Spruce Trees, Birch and others seem to be a continuous string in what i do. I just like the way they stand there like a custodian of the land. or a greeter to nature. So, I continue down the path with the Pine Tree Painter name on my head, It's ok.