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First Post of the Year: Looking Forwards and Back

First Post of the Year: Looking Forwards and Back

I was going to write a nice post recapping the year 2016 from a personal perspective. I was so busy with gigs and the big move that I really didn’t have that much time to write.

Writing (to me, anyway) is an opportunity. It is a blessing, because when you can find the time to formulate your own thoughts and commit them to paper or on a blog, then you have accomplished something.

A Whirlwind Year

Basically, 2016 was a whirlwind year for me. And the 19 day trip through Spain and Portugal was enough to fulfill my goals in 2016 because simply put, this was the big goal my wife and I had planned for over a year. We’re not world travelers—by any stretch of the imagination—so, for us this was a major trip for us. And a first time, taking a land tour by bus through any part of Europe, was truly an adventure.

Piano Gigs

The rest of 2016 for me was getting piano gigs. For me being a drummer, I get calls more often to play the drums, being that this has been my main instrument since middle school! Even though I began piano lessons at 5 years old, the piano was something that took a backseat to the drums.

In 2016, things changed as I began getting more piano gigs than drumming gigs, which is a goal of mine because I simply want to limit my drumming activity because of concerns for my hearing. Of course, drumming can have a detrimental effect on hearing in the long run, and I refuse to wear ear plugs because I need to hear every nuance of the music around me on stage.

Final Gigs of 2016

Anyway, I had a great drumming gig this past Friday play jazz in the trio format. And, the New Year’s Eve gig turned out to be a really great one, playing for a Senior Community who appreciates the standards and classic songs that we play. I basically did my One Man Jazz Trio, backing up singer Donnie Finnell. It was a fun gig and I kind of half expected us to be background music to some dinner set since we performed from 6pm to 8pm only. It turned out to be an actual show where we really had to perform and play out in front of a captive audience. It was a great evening to end 2016, and the highlights were Misty, New York New York and Auld Lang Syne (of course). Great songs to end the evening with.

The One Man Jazz Trio Concept

All in all, my concept of the One Man Jazz Trio is working very well. It’s simple, actually. Since most Jazz Trio music consists of Piano, Upright Bass and Drums, having my right foot play the Ride Cymbal and my left foot play the Hi-Hat (as usual), I cover the essentials of the Jazz Drummer. My left hand covers the sample Upright Bass, while my right hand covers the harmonic comping and melodies and solos of the Piano. Having one person do all this makes the music pretty tight over all, and I can make my own arrangements as I go along! Being a drummer, the four-way coordination makes it easier for me to pull off the One Man Jazz Trio and make it sound pretty authentic.

Prosperity and Health

Anyway, 2017 is here and I wish everyone much prosperity and health in the New Year. Health is the more important thing because you can not appreciate the prosperity without the health. Without our health we can’t live our lives the way we want to, so let us all pray for good health. Optimal health.

Happy New Year, everyone!



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Carlos Rull is a musician living in the San Diego area. His interests include Yoga, Eastern Philosophy, Zen Buddhism, and Gardening. He plays drums, piano, and composes New Age & Ambient music, and his albums are available on iTunes and Amazon.com.

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