odd times

Update: It’s 2015, ten years since I created this site and started blogging. For the past year, it’s mostly been dark because my writing at Crooks and Liars consumes most of my spare time. I may reactivate the blog in the coming year to document our ongoing DIY home projects but you should visit Crooks and Liars for the latest political commentary and news.

If you were looking for information on how to learn to play drums in odd time signatures, try Drum Dojo — they’ve got a nice explanation there.

We’re moving through odd times in odd time signatures, with only a few steady drumbeats keeping us on track. Just as drummers are fascinated with splitting time into smaller parts, parts that they can then add, subtract, re-measure, and turn around into some amazingly esoteric piece of drummatica to amaze and delight their audience, so am I fascinated with splitting pieces of today into smaller pieces, putting other pieces around it in an effort to inform and maybe even make you laugh once in awhile.

This blog is about living in odd time signatures — signatures defined by the patterns and rhythms of anyone who struggles to remain inside the normal flow of daily life even as it’s redefined to fit our own special, fragmented and sometimes odd, patterns.