HAPPY JUNE!

Well, I have been meaning to write for a few days now. Lots of forward movement in my life! Memorial Day weekend I got last minute calls to play drums with 2 great bands. Midnight Mama & friends at Siesta Key Oyster Bar and The Samantha Leigh Band at Seadog Brewery in Treasure Island.

Sprints at St Pete Beach last week.

June is starting to heat up – I will be drumming this Friday June 11th at The Ale and the witch in downtown St Petersburg with my funk fusion trio Not From Here 7-9. Sundays I am at The Independent with The Sunday Jazz Project 3-6p

I have a random Saturday night off this weekend. But next weekend both Friday and Saturday June 18th & 19th I am back to Siesta Key playing drums at the HuB 8-12 w/ TJ Hitt and Co

The last weekend of June I AM SO EXCITED ABOUT.. Friday night June 25th I am drumming at The Tampa Social with The Samantha Leigh Band 4-7pm and Sunday June 27th I will be playing drums w Rhythm & Boone at Saltys in Gulfport from 4-7

In other news… I had to take a week off of training last month due to an allergic reaction to something maybe grass pollen maybe dust maybe my personality hahaha what ever it was I was able to kick it within a week. I got a covid test for peace of mind, and it was negative.

But before that, I was swimming every day and adding a supplement workout of either strength training, biking, jogging, walking yoga and stretching in the evening.

The swimming and CBD made all the difference in the world despite STILL having barely seen the scale move in the right direction I am noticing an amazing difference in my mobility, flexibility, overall attitude, strength, muscle tone… Its all starting to come back, YAY.

And it makes sense, anyone who knows me knows that I took my 2 dogs swimming almost every day and administered CDB oil every day to them. Why? To help relieve pain swelling and change of attitude. So why didn’t I start taking care of myself sooner? There is a back story, of course there is, but saving that for another post.

I am back to training again full-time since last week. I have 2 new PR’s to report, I swam my fastest 250 yards (1/4 mile) in 8 minutes and 13 seconds, considering I have this extra 20 pounds on me and I swim in clothes that create drag, my other 3 250’s weren’t shabby either. 9:01 8:22 and 8:14

Not bad for training myself back in 2013. Before that, I COULD NOT SWIM, so basically my whole life. I was a doggy paddle wonder. Now I am swimming freestyle!

Now to the running, this year and last have been a tough one and a bit of a heartbreaker for me. I am still working on getting my knees back to 100 percent. They are so much better now I can run again, but I still have physical therapy that I do every day. I don’t have great insurance so I have been nursing myself back to good this whole time. Learning what to do on YouTube. At some point, I will write a very interesting and sadly funny story about how I injured myself last summer and what it did to my life, by having a debilitating injury.

Which is one of the reasons I gained so much weight quickly in the first place, but I would be lying if I said it was the main reason. More on that someday too. My running game is on a comeback. I used to be able to run a few miles at about 10 minutes each. But after coming back this time it was NOT GOOD..

It was way worse than when I started running 10 years ago. I’ll spare you the details, my 1/4 mile sprints are averaging 12 minute miles as of last week, but last night I ran a 1/4 mile sprint averaging 11:38 which is amazing, I am very happy with my progress.

I made a commitment to follow through with this, I will be in the best shape of my life when I turn 50 next month. I want to play drums with new bands and reconnect with old musician friends. I have been so down for so long, but there is only one way out. Drums, my health, and making solid connections are all I want in however much life I have left on this earth. Make good choices and be your best self. Humbly yours, sandi

This past Sunday night…

I got to sit in at the Floridian social club with Bryan Hughes Music! Check out the link below to see 👀

This week is really light for gigs 😬 however I am playing drums at Siesta Key Oyster Bar this Friday night with John and Brianna from Midnight Mama 8 – 12a

Super stoked for that and also this Sunday at The Independent for Jazz Sunday. We will be a quartet this Sunday, should be a great show. 3-6p

Last night I played The Pesky Pelican, there was no one there except the owners. Literally but I did take advantage of the down time and rewired my set up to accommodate a mic inside my suitcase kick drum.

Back to the old set up kicking an American Tourister suitcase

I just got back from doing sprints for 3 miles in the sun. I loved it. I’m back to working out everyday and enjoying it again! I’m also down 14 pounds! Staying the course til I reach my goal, 21 more pounds to go.

All things worth anything take time and consistency. Keep practicing, what ever that may be.

Sandi

It’s Jort season!!

The first pair of long winter pants have been reduced to Jean shorts, Jorts. yay summer.

Updated May 14, 2021

Tonight, I’m playing drums at The Brown Boxer In Clearwater Beach w The Samantha Leigh Band. 10-2a it’s gonna be a banger!

May, 16 2021 10am Drums at Gulf Coast Church in Largo. Livestream on Facebook.

May 16, 2021 3pm Drums at The Independent Bar in St Petersburg w The Sunday Jazz Project featuring James Suggs and Mark Moultrup.

May 19, 2021 6pm Drums w Not From Here at The Mill in South Tampa featuring Mark Mayea and Elias Tona.

Hope you have an awesome and safe weekend filled w positive thoughts about the future. -Sandi

Electric paddle board

Musicalness this week: May 11, 2021

Hey friends and followers, nomads, troubadours and ambassadors. How has the week been for you? I have a couple new, fun drum gigs this week!

Ran (jog/walk) siesta key a couple weeks ago, May do it again soon!

Wednesday (tonight) I’m playing at The Mill in South Tampa. Duo style with Chris Flowers. I’ll be on drum set, looping my guitar and singing. Chris will be doing the same on keys. 6-9p

Thursday I’m filling in at Carrabas at Tyrone. Looping a short set from 6-8p out on the patio.

Friday I’m sitting in with The Samantha Leigh Band on drums at The Brown Boxer in Clearwater Beach. Party time!! 10-2am

Saturday I’m off, what’s going on out there?!?

Sunday I have a double Drums at Gulf Coast Church in Largo at 10am THEN drums from 3-6p at The independent for Jazz Sundays.

This is my sixth week of swimming a mile a day (1000 yards) and official 3rd workout using Spin Strength and Yoga.

My body is feeling SOOOO much better, way less pain everyday, I am so thankful to gain some of my mobility and flexibility back. I am starting to finally lose pounds and inches. This time is hard, folks. Really hard. But I am on a mission.

See you soon, make good choices and be your best version.

Sandi

Good Evening…

Well, I have to say todays Jazz at The Independent was solid, entertaining and intelligent. My mind is always buzzing with polyrhythms and melodies after the jazz. I have been practicing drums again regularly since July 2020, with intention, not so much fancy drum fills or cool drum stick twirls or sticks. But more, the fundamental building blocks of being a good drummer. Yes, I practice to a click and different rhythm sequences, it helps all areas within my skill. Without proper timing, subdividing rhythms into different rates of speed cannot be done unless your timing (your internal clock) is adequate. I’m practicing and transcribing a lot of 7 and 5 groupings and am finally (comfortably) hearing the way those timings land against the original pulse. It’s kind of like this… you know those drawings that you can see two completely different things depending on where you focus at? Well, polyrhythms are kinda like that but for your ears.

In other news, the Fitbit was not cutting it. It failed during workouts and monitoring my sleep more than once. So I did what anyone would do, I returned it and got an Apple Watch. WOW!! So this thing is cool!! I haven’t worn a watch in many many years. My feeble attempt to avoid time. Now have all my apps on my wrist and I have to say that’s pretty awesome. We shall see how it tracks my sleeps and swims though…

Oh!! and gigs this month (so far) I have a couple of fun gigs on drums. Sunday, May 9th I AM PLAYING HARD ROCK (poolside) from 2 to 6 with Chris Flowers Band – Land of Flowers. So EXCITED!!!!!

On May 12th at The Mill in Tampa I will be playing with Austin Gill and John Hetherington (of Midnight Mama). Really looking forward to that too!

I also uploaded the lyrics to my latest release Moving Forward. Check the home page of my website for the new link. After you read the lyrics hop on over to Spotify and follow me!

Make good decisions and do something nice for yourself. YOU DESERVE IT.

-sandi

Working this week at

Wednesday 7-10 at The Galley in St Petersburg

Thursday 6:30-10 at Irish 31 in Seminole

Saturday 7-10 at middle Grounds Grill in Treasure Island

Sunday 3-6 at The Independent in St Petersburg

I hope to see you again. Thanks for your support even if it’s just a thumbs up in your mind. -Sandi

Full Moon over the pier April 27, 2021

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And drum sticks..

It’s one of them.. Hope you had a great Sunday. Today’s gigs at church and at The Independent were really fun and inspiring. I am grateful to be able to show up and play the drums. Seemingly more and more. It’s my goal to keep it going.. what goals are you working towards lately?

Oh I just got a Fitbit, I know I know , welcome to 2017, right? But i was frugal and just got a versa 2. Getting an Apple Watch is not necessary even if you have an iPhone. Keeping track of things legit. I’ve been swimming about a mile everyday or so and I’m am feeling pretty good. Better than I have in a while. I haven’t lost the poundage though and now it seems I’m going to have to dial it way in even more to lose it. But, I can see muscle tone again am not in near as much pain as I have been in the past several months. A shift is taking place however subtle. My goal is to be back at my normal weight by mid July. The Fitbit is fun and should help. However it tracks my drum playing as walking and riding a bike… at the same time. My heart rate gets pretty elevated at times. 101 in church for like an hour. Interesting. I want to slam on some drums right now. Lol

Right now I am at the Floridian on central in st Pete watching Bryan Hughes and his band jazz it up for Sunday night jazz. Sounds awesome!

Well, til we meet again. See you around the bend and all that jazz. make good decisions.

Sandi