Over the past year, I have been able to do a lot of deep listening to so much music. I have bought tons of CDs (yes, I still buy CDs when I can find them) and downloaded so many iTunes albums that I haven't yet gotten around to listening to some of it. This has led to a lot of inspired drumming for me. I have no gigs at the moment, and my summer community theater gigs have already been canceled, believe it or not. The day job can get pretty stressful (I work in public education), and it's just a joy to come home and sit behind the drums, even if it's only for 10 minutes or so. It's relaxing, inspiring, and it keeps me going. Recently, my good friend and long time guitar player have started getting together regularly again, and I know there will be gigs again in the near future - but I have really enjoyed the time just playing drums here in my music room. I have enjoyed those moments just as much as I enjoy playing in front of an audience. The music and this instrument has really saved my sanity (and more than likely my life) many times over the years, but especially this past year. I hope some of you feel the same way.