Hey Drummers and Fans!
I was just interviewed by a radio show for drummers called Stix-n-Skinz.
We talked about my 2 drumming work records and other items.
My interview on May 20th is the one after John Oszajca’s interview (music marketing manifesto creator).
Check it out if you can! CMVB
May you and all your family have a safe and happy holiday season.
Clifford Marshall Van Buren
If you remember my last Blog, I fell off the “Music Writing” bandwagon. I knew inside that something would spark my writing again and I found it. The Spark in my writing is a relatively new instrument called the Chapman Stick®. The Stick can come in several forms, but in its most generic tuning it is a ½ Bass Guitar and ½ Guitar. You can check them out at Stick Enterprises Inc. www.stick.com
to see all the various flavors.
Since I am predominantly a drummer I wanted a Stick that had my drumming mindset, so I asked for a custom tuning from SE (I could always change strings and get back to the norm if needed). The tuning I came up with is a Dual Deep Mirrored Bass style in descending 5ths. On the Bass side of my Stick is the lowest bass tuning a 12 string Stick can get to (b flat). On the Melody side there is mirror of the tuning from the bass side. This allows me to quickly find two notes of the same pitch, string size and mirrored location. This set [...]
As some of you know I am a very headstrong person, if I get an idea in my head, I do not give up until I get to my goal. Years ago when I had the desire to break a Guinness World Record. A switch flipped in my head and I never gave up until it was done.
After I spent well over a year working on “Vocal Eyes Vocalize” CD I headed right into writing and recording my 5th CD. After spending months of writing and recording, I just stopped. Not just “put it down for a few weeks”, I just completely stopped everything. No writing, No recording, NOTHING. This has never happened to me before.
Did I beat myself up? No. Did this upset me? No. I felt like something in me said my music writing was going to change and dropping everything was a GOOD thing. It’s been many months since I stopped. Writing and recording would come back to me, I just have to wait and let events fall into place, whatever they may be.
I believe acceptance is the first step to [...]