October 10, 2014

"Little Drummer Girl"

On September 26th, 2014, after 3 years of deciding what was the right thing to do…

I sold my DDRUM Reflex drum set that from the 45th Anniversary Monkees Tour '11. 

They were specially made for that tour and except for occasional gigs and clinics, it lived in storage after my boss and friend of over 10 years, Davy Jones of The Monkees untimely passing in 2012. Honestly, I just couldn't see playing it or Monkees songs without him. But, as time passed, I knew the right thing to do was to get the drums out to someone who they would mean something to and would hopefully play them. After the auction was over, I found out the drums were going to the perfect home. 

Here is the story from that one Monkees Fan and fellow drummer who now has her own set of Monkees drums, "That Little Drummer Girl":

Thought you might be interested to know that I've played drums practically my entire life! Worked on a few Monkee projects with David in LA during the '90's, and after he heard a demo of my band at the time, he started calling me "The Little Drummer Girl" :) We kept in touch over the years & I'm close with his daughters. Since the 80's I never missed a Monkees tour, until 2011. I'd seen you play with David solo & was excited to see you with The Monkees, but unfortunately, I ended up battling cancer that year. I'm good now, but missed my chance to see David one last time and to hear you rock this kit. I followed the tour online & loved hearing about these drums from you. I've always played Gretsch & Pearl, but you had me interested in checking out DDRUM...well, now I can!... This is like me being able to enjoy something tangible from that one tour I missed. As a drummer it's just way too cool... you know. I remember telling myself that year, while following the tour online, that I should try out that kit.

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Got the drums yesterday & am setting them up now. Thank you so much for taking the time to sign the shells. I grabbed some of my hardware & cymbals so I can try out the kit. Taking photos & vids I'll send you...perfect day watching the baseball playoffs & working on the drums! So far no angry neighbors.

Couldn't loosen the memory locks on the floor tom legs. Really only needed to lower the 14", but then I realized that I didn't have the reach for two floor toms on one side, so I moved the 14' to my hi-hat side & it was at the right height there. Different set up for me - I'm used to 2 rack toms & 1 floor tom and being short, I always have to maneuver everything a lot so I can reach things! Got it right now, but have to wait until tomorrow to actually play because it's getting late...not for me, but for the neighbors. If only there weren't neighbors! Here are some pix I took…lost track of time and almost forgot to eat - grilled cheese & Guinness rocks!

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The next day….

I haven’t played in 3 years – the longest I’ve ever gone since I first started playing as a kid. I continued to play in a band during the first couple of months of chemo, but then realized I didn’t have the stamina to haul & play my kit anymore. Put everything in storage and tried to keep limber with my practice pad, but it’s not the same. Now I’m totally inspired to keep pushing my boundaries again and get back to playing! I’m also trying to move back to LA where I plan on getting back into the music scene there. Can’t thank you enough for putting these drums up for auction – they are already making a positive impact on my life. I’ve always said that music saved me as a teen and now music is saving me once more.

I’m totally committed to getting my chops back.  I’m self-taught, but was lucky enough to be exposed to a lot of live music when I was young and started playing in bands pretty quickly – every band & any band. The style of music never mattered, I just wanted to play with people who were better so I could learn. As a kid, my drums were in front of the TV, so while watching The Monkees I checked out how Micky set up and copied that. I made a few adjustments, but I play lefty feet and uncrossed righty hands. Works for me!

The ice sparkle finish is so beautiful just in regular light, but when it got dark & I turned on a few lights, the whole kit was sparkling like a clear sky when you’re up in the mountains. That kit must’ve looked stunning under stage lights! Heck, even the alder wood inside the shells is gorgeous……

Thanks again for everything – I'll be heading on over to your site to register. Enjoyed going through all the vids & lessons during the free month. It’s been a while since I talked with another drummer, so this has been very cool. Look forward to getting back into the groove!

Rock On,

 

-"That Little Drummer Girl"

 

Amazing, huh!?!?

To commemorate the sale of my drumkit I decided to make the first video for "The Vault" an uncut version of the interview I did with Davy Jones back in 2010.  Members can check that video and all of my videos out any time!

 

Thanks and see you online! LISTEN, PLAY, CREATE!

 

-Felipe

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