Not From Here at The Hideaway Cafe – Well You Needn’t

Hi!!! Here is a new video for you. We are settling in nicely at The Hideaway on Tuesday nights. Our home base to play music for the evening. I can speak for the band(s) when I say we are all so thrilled to playing music Tuesday Nights in St Pete at The Hideaway Cafe and am so grateful to John Kelly for giving us a whirl. Please join us and bring good vibes.

Not From Here performs 7:30-830 pm and Looshka performs 9 to 10 pm

In other news, my new music is finished! finito!! Done!!! so now I am working on completing artwork uploads and publishing/distribution. My 2 song EP, The Eternal Optimist, the first act, so to speak, from my upcoming release Grace,  will be available to stream on all platforms very soon, be on the lookout.

Stop by and say hi, I would love to see you. #supportlocal #localmusic #localvenue

sandi

2 5 2021

Playing a lot of drums this month, I have more drum gigs than solo/ loop gigs, that hasn’t happened in a long time. I am on a mission to get back to drums eventually full time. I am thankful for the work.

As of Fall 2020, I am part of the Dream Educator Collective. I will be playing different products from Dream Cymbals in my upcoming weekly drum tutorials. The shipment of cymbals has been held up and delayed but are finally on their way to the USA from Canada today. I am excited to get going with my online drum lessons.

Pre-production is finished for the next 2 songs I am going to record! Final edits have been submitted for the 2 songs I’m releasing in a few days. I can’t wait to get them out there, the best 2 sounding songs I have produced thus far, IMO. Thanks to Ronnie Dee and All Access Recording for helping me get there! be on the lookout –

So many things to say, but I guess later, I have to get to the TIKI docks now for a gig.

I hope to see you soon and you can write back sometime, that would be great.

-sandi

Drums last night at The Hangar Restaurant and Flight Lounge. That is a 14 x14 floor tom, have I mentioned that to you?

February 2021 Schedule

UPDATED: February 1st, 2021

TUESDAYS – The Hideaway Cafe #stpete Doors at 6pm       Drums  730-830 pm – Not From Here / 9-10 pm Looshka

SUNDAYS – The Independent #stpete 3 – 6 pm  The Sunday Jazz Project w James Suggs             Drums 

Wednesdays – The Mill #southtampa February 10 & 17  6 – 9 pm                                               Drums w Not From Here (funk, jazz, latin)

Wednesdays – The Galley #dtsp 7to 10 pm 1st and 4th Wednesday of the month February 3rd & 24th Solo/ Acoustic/ Live loops

Friday – Irish 31 SRQ #sarasota 6 – 930 pm February 19th                                                            Solo/ Acoustic/ Live Loops 

Friday – Irish 31 SEMINOLE #stpete 630 – 10 pm February 26th                                                         Solo/ Acoustic/ Live Loops

Saturdays – Tiki Bar SKYWAY #stpete 2 – 5pm February 6th & 27th                                            Solo/ Acoustic/ Live Loops

Saturdays – Middle Grounds Grill #treasureisland 7 to10 pm  February 6th, 20th, 27th                    Solo/ Acoustic/ Live Loops

Saturday – The Mill #southtampa February 20th  11a – 2pm BRUNCH                                                  Drums w Not From Here (funk, jazz, latin) (winner of best brunch in Bay area and ambience)

All things take time..

Our worst years were these past 4 years. Yes, I’m talking to you. You. You and me. Me and You. I’m supposed to feel better now, and on some level I do, but on other levels, I think I have PTSD.

And then, this whole year, enduring the worst year of the ‘evers as the last year of suck. But enough on that, right? It’s over now, which could mean a new beginning. I set an intention on New Years’ to play drums more and that’s what I am doing, specifically in the month of February.

Tuesdays at The Hideaway Cafe in February 6:30 to 10p w Not From Here & Looshka.

Wednesday at The Mill (S. Tampa) February 10th, 17th 6 – 9pm w Not from Here

Saturday at The Mill (S. Tampa) February 20th 11a – 2pm w Not From Here – Brunch

Sundays at The Independent (St Pete) 3 to 6pm The Sunday Jazz Project w James Suggs

I have 2 songs I’m releasing and I am proud of them. They are almost finished. The first verse of ‘Hey My Love, the lyric came to me after reading the bible (on my phone) during quarantine back in April. The entire melody of End with you came into my head as I arrived to a solo gig at The Independent back in March, I had to stop the car grab my ukulele, and record what was in my head on to my phone. I wrote about 20 songs back then, I’m excited to look back and harvest some music from those lonely, cold AF homeless days for my next 2 song release. Probably will drop in a couple of weeks.

There is a lot to be thankful for, one is continuing to learn about yourself. Always changing, always learning. This time last year was surreal. I can’t even begin to explain. But I don’t think the explanation is needed here.

I hope to see you again. Yes, you. Only you.

Sandi

Weight loss goals…

2020 was a roller coaster for me in many ways but one that has always been my Achilles heel is my yo-yo weight. Up down up down, I know I lost the same 20 pounds a dozen or more times. But, 2020 was a little different and way more extreme. I started 2020 at 147 and by mid March I was 127 the lightest I’ve ever been in my adult life, then by july I was back to 147 and by November I was 167!!! The heaviest I’ve been in over a decade. I made a commitment to my self to lose the weight responsibly, dedicating myself to eating nutritious and balanced meals and exercise with accountability. So I joined this gym called The Forge, they have a six week challenge and I am challenging myself. This is hard work. Harder than starving myself, harder than quitting drinking (easy!) or smoking (weed) which I quit in the beginning of 2020. If you want to find out more about The Forge contact me and I’ll tell you who to talk to.

I’ll save the full body picture for when I’m done, lol. My goal is to lose this weight once and for all!

There, I said it !

I’ll keep you posted here on my weight loss journey, have a great day!

Day 1 (you have to start somewhere)

Sandi

Life continues and is NOT decided by dates on a calendar

IMO I find that if you feel better saying that you are going to do a hard reset on January 1st more power to you. But, I have been changing and moving forward through it all this year. I was homeless and living a quarantined Life in my car for several months (5 to be specific) before COVID-19 was even a thing. Over the year, I lost a ton of weight ( which I gained all back plus some) lived in Airbnb’s, slept on couches and park benches. I lost my dog, mambo who died July 16 and he died a terrible death due to lack of care at the end and I think, a broken heart. Because I surrendered him to someone who did not give him the love he required to keep on living. He gave up. That’s really why my year sucked. I’d go back to living in my car with him if I could get my dog back. But that’s not how life works. I’m dogless for the first time in over 20 years.

I’m thankful that I am working again, playing drums in several great projects (Sunday Jazz project with James Suggs, Ben Lushka band and my trio – Not From Here). Plus my solo gig (Check out my schedule and come to a show!)

New Years set up today at Dan Painters Tiny Town

I’m teaching again, several students per week (ukulele, guitar and drums)! Plus, I just got out of the studio where I recorded 2 brand new songs. I wrote them in April during the lockdown. And earlier this month I recorded all of the instruments and vocals. I can’t wait to release them, literally.

A few of my resolutions are to keep on keeping on, whether it be drums, guitar, teaching, posting tutorials or making new friends and connections.

I’m thankful I wasn’t successful enough on March 17th when I was baker acted. This year was about letting go of people I cared about that did not care about me. From my family to friends, band mates to an old love. I wish you well. And when I see you again around the bend. Well, we shall see what happens. Happy new year, 2021 here we come!

Sandi and Mambo (rip)

One of the 2 best dogs in the universe

Live Drum Lesson at Noon!

Today Ill be rockin a bit with the song Still into you by Paramore. I transcribed the first minute and 20 seconds. Pro tip: most pop songs repeat after the verse and chorus with only minor changes to the structure and drum fills. So this will give you a great footing to get started on playing along with this song! Remember if this is “too easy” for you, there is always someone that needs instruction so find them and teach them!

Ill be live on my face book fan page www.facebook.com/sandigreccomusic at noon so make sure to tune in and say hi!

Online Drum Lesson today at 2 pm

Todays lesson I’ll be discussing the late great drummer for the iconic band Led Zeppelin. This should definitely not go over like a lead balloon! There are so many examples of this lick being performed he has been chosen to be the moniker of a set of linear quarter note triplets.

Tune in to my youtube channel www.youtube.com/drumstudiomusic to join the live stream video lesson! The kick drum is displaced every 4 measures. have fun drumming!