“Yeah right after we stole his lunch money and gave him a wedgie. What’s the matter with you? He’s parking the car.”

drum kit

I spent most of today at the studio with my drum training partner.  L improved while I was away.  She’s going to be the next Sheila E. at this rate.  I’m so proud of her.  My band leader, our trainer, added upper body strengthening exercises to our course.  We do four-count pushups, arm circles, and dips before and after rudimentary drumming drills.  It’s fun.

He asked me how I feel about wearing a tank top for gigs.  I said as long as I’m not cold.  It’s to show off my arms, which I think is hilarious.  I’m going to watch some videos on YouTube later to see if other drummers do this.  L and I are working on a ten-minute showcase of her skills so she can audition for a talent show at school.

She’s thinking about joining the school band when she starts middle school in a few years.  I think it’s a fabulous idea.  It’ll be an excellent place for her to practice her social skills with peers as well.  When I was a kid, we planned these things far in advance as well.  I don’t know if this is true of all autistics, but I appreciated the time to wrap my head around the new experience before jumping in.

L asked if she can be part of the 4TD project.  Naturally, I’m thrilled to have her on board.  She’s going to help find others who could use a little help integrating or maintaining music or art in their lives, and are probably also fans of Stevie Nicks.  We talked about ways to go about it.  I told her it’s incredibly easy, and only requires listening to people around you, and sharing about artists we admire.

I love talking to people about Stevie Nicks, Amy Lee, Beyoncé, etc.  Many are also passionate about music and art.  It’s a great ice-breaker.  That’s all it seems to take to find opportunities to pay it forward; the love and generosity our favorite artists and musicians pour into their works and make available for so little in return.  (I know I’m not the only one who has leaned heavily on music when life is kicking my ass.)

4TD logo final

L gave her original drum setup to a boy at school.  Now that she’s using the Roland kit, she didn’t need it and wanted to give it to someone else to learn.  I told her that’s just what the 4TD project is all about.  Then we did the secret handshake we worked out to seal it.  She loved the logo and asked me to get it on some stickers, so I’ll be looking into that later.  I’m off to do chores.  Peace.

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