I’d like to mention that I no longer write or document my life or experiences like these 3 offerings. I’m tempted to “now & then” write about some observation I think I could compose as good prose, but I resist.
It all began in 1967, playing the drums as a paid professional. I was 16 years old. My Mom bought me my first drumset for my 16th birthday. I was a horrible student and there was no hope for me in the public school system. I was an uncontrollable juvenile delinquent on my way to jail or prison. I gave up on public school after the 6th grade and became a ninth grade dropout. I can only attribute any acquired literacy for reading and writing to a caring teacher, Mrs. Nichols. She was my 5th and 6th grade teacher in Geneva, Florida After 10 years of playing music I decided to get a formal music education. In 1976 I enrolled in class piano at Seminole Community College. I auditioned, won a music scholarship and a seat in the Florida All State College Jazz Band. I didn’t even have a High School Diploma I’m writing all of this to say that my education was very unusual I’m not proud of it, but I am proud of it For many years, because of my limited education, I thought I was stupid. My College grades reflected something different. I was very surprised. After my first semester of classes my grades were high enough to be placed on the Presidents list. I continued this momentum, took my High School GED at age 28 and graduated with a Bachelors Degree in Music “I’m not a poet and I’m not a writer” I never studied writing and completed one College Freshman 101 English-Writing class. Why I’ve attempted to put “any” of my stories on paper is a mystery to me. For the past several years, I’ve tried to learn about writers and poets So there you have it My introductory is the same for these books. I’m editing and publishing them simultaneously. I don’t plan to publish any more books of this type. I only refer to my writing and publishing these books as “Clearing Out The Morgue” The stories in my books began life on paper in the 70s. Written, stored and moved from place to place. They eventually became semi organized into paper notebooks, a Commodore 64 word processor, G4 PowerBook, iPad, iPhone and MacBook Pro. My music & drumming stories from the 60s became: Notes of a Young Drummer 1967-1969 You Play The Drums? These stories are based on music experiences. Written observations of gigs, the road, jazz, avant-garde, blues, people & places. I the first person Most of these stories start with the pronoun I, referring to myself. Are you ser-i-ous ? You must be kid-ding ! Jok-ing Come on now, No Way ! These are the opposite of I The First Person. I attempt to alleviate the (I) from each story. Many of them written while drinking coffee in a mall, cafe or sitting on a park bench. The Road Is The musician’s life. Playing gigs, travel, clubs, bands, relationships and all of those things musicians experience on their journey. My stories are much the same as other musicians. This book is dedicated to those musicians Reflections in the form of brief sentences and paragraphs
Boom Boom The Bass Drum is a character based on the life, experiences and travels of the great drummer, author, teacher and inventor, Tommy Thomas. Tommy was born in 1901. He began his drumming/music career performing in Vaudeville Theatres across America. When the Vaudeville era ended, Tommy returned to Chicago and became one of the most in demand drummers/percussionist in Chicago.
Tommy performed on radio and early television. He was a member of the American Broadcasting Company orchestra in Chicago. After WW2, Tommy was hired to play drums on the very popular Don McNeill Breakfast Club. Tommy performed with every famous musician, actor, politician, sports figure and celebrity in the world.
Boom Boom The Bass Drum speaks about many of these events in the storybook. I hope you enjoy the travels and stories of Boom Boom as he describes his journey playing music. (MW)
Michael Welch began his music journey in 1967. Welch has collaborated with an eclectic array of musicians, poets, actors and artist including Derek Bailey, David Amram, Allen Ginsberg, Elvin Jones, Sam Rivers, Roscoe Mitchell, Murf the Surf and Mr. Magoo Michael Welch plays the drums and teaches music to early learners.