I cannot, despite persistent attempts to do so,
understand the notion of supporting a sports team.

I am learning to play washboard and pandeiro.

I dislike shaving.

My favourite advertising slogan ever (from Fabulous Bakin’ Boys’ cup cakes) read:
“Live fast, play hard, eat cakes”.

I sort of wish Dr. Evil was real.

I am a feminist.

I was twice a tent commander in the Brighton Battalion of the Boys’ Brigade.

I like drinking red wine, but despise hangovers.

I wrote my PhD thesis about drummers.

I rejected the hypothesis of God about 17 years ago, and have since become much more understanding, friendly, and happy.

The price of ink for printers makes me disproportionately angry.

I once promised my oldest friend I would wax my legs for her wedding, subsequently discovered what that would involve, and instead just played drums for the event.

I cried when I read Jane Eyre.

I miss singing madrigals.

I hate wearing Y-fronts.

I am a total coffee snob.

I wish I hadn’t lost my nose-flute in a pub in 2010.

I am sincerely grateful for the existence of the NHS.

I think that Catch 22, The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy
and Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy are much better books than The Bible.

I like the music of Mozart, Messiaen, Miles Davis, King Crimson, Led Zeppelin,
Stephen Sondheim, the Dixie Chicks, Snarky Puppy, QOTSR and Immortal Technique equally.

I am not in the least patriotic, because I can’t distinguish clearly enough between patriotism, nationalism, protectionism, insularity and xenophobia.

I am exactly 12 inches taller than my wife.

I love to read spy novels.

I think progressive rock is much maligned.

I wish I had learned to play vibraphone.

10 Responses to “Home”

  1. Steve Ellis said

    Hi Gareth,

    I received the magazine and articals today. Thanks. Going to do my IPA interviews next week. So will have a good look at all the stuff when that is out of the way. Thanks again and great blog.

    Steve Ellis

  2. Tom said

    Hey Dr. Drums – What is this blog all about??
    Do you help musicians fix and tune and maintain their instrument?
    I got problems over here!!!

    • Hey T.
      No, I do not help musicians mend, maintain and tune their instrument(s), at least not from my blog. What I do on this blog is to blog. What I blog about may be apparent from the tabs on the homepage; if not, you are welcome to read the contents of the blog for further enlightenment.
      As a drummer, I do have a rudimentary (no pun intended) understanding of drum kit maintenance – if you also follow me on Twitter (@GDylanSmith) you’ll have noticed that yesterday, for instance, I was rather pleased with myself for rejuvenating a snare drum or two.
      I am able to tune drums ’til they sound good to me; probably the best advice on this in print is going to be a publication like the magazines Drummer or Rhythm. A good teacher will also be able to help you face-to-face and in the presence of drums – far more helpful.
      Sorry to hear about your problems; I hope that you resolve them in a satisfactory and timely manner; if you think I can help at all, please do let me know.
      (Incidentally, I call myself ‘Dr Drums’ because my doctoral research was about drummers.)

  3. Great site Gareth! I have a blog at http://www.drumming-techniques.com/drum-blog.php and I’d be interested in collaborating with you. Shoot me an email

  4. Hello, i think that i saw you visited my web site thus i came to “return the favor”.
    I’m trying to find things to improve my site!I suppose its ok to use a few of your ideas!!

  5. Gareth. . I also have a few drumming blogs I’d love to work with you on .. just stopping by to show some love. . great job

  6. Definitely going on my RSS reader for further reading.

    Already managed to check out a few amazing posts but on a tight schedule atm..

    Keep up the good work!

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