About a year ago, I impulsively purchased a Deagan Century of Progress marimba. It’s one of the 3.5 octave models that Deagan made back in 1933 – a total of 75 were made for the 100-piece Century of Progress marimba orchestra. For those keeping track, mine was made for Harold August Maves, and is serial … More Deagan Century of Progress Marimba No. ?? & No. ??
In doing a bit of research in the Deagan Century of Progress marimba, I came across this fantastic photo, which I imagine came from a brochure in 1933 or 1934. This is the 4.5 octave model (C to F) – Deagan made 25 of these for Musser’s 1933 Century of Progress marimba orchestra. I love … More Century of Progress Marimba Ad
One of the summer’s highlights was the Joni Mitchell tribute concert at Massey Hall. While I’m not exactly a Joni fan, I certainly respect the profound impact she’s had on a couple of generations of great musicians. It was definitely exciting to see her live and to witness the reaction of the 2,700 people who … More Music Monday – Brian Blade
A couple of weeks ago I picked the debut album by Mumford & Sons. I hadn’t read much about them, missed their performance at the Grammys, and hadn’t heard any of their songs. I put the CD on for the drive home and broke into a huge grin – it’s a fun album, and I … More Under the Influence
According to this article published in The Times today, British sports scientists have concluded that drummers are comparable in their physical prowess to world-class athletes. The researchers followed the drummer for Blondie (?) for the past eight years and determined that he expended as much energy during a performance as runners and soccer stars. Apparently, … More Drummer = Olympic Athlete