Mark Danger Powers

drummer • educator • author

What Do You Listen To While Writing?

What Do You Listen To While Writing?

Do you listen to music while writing? I, for one, have a difficult time keeping my mind from dissecting the intricacies of any song that’s playing while I’m in the creative, yet focused, mode that I require while sitting down to write an article, formal letter or blog post. I’ve heard other bloggers mention the importance [to them] of writing to music. But, why can’t I?...

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Just Quit Trying Already

Just Quit Trying Already

One of the books that has most influenced my approach to teaching percussion lessons is Barry Green’s The Inner Game of Music. Based on principles found in the highly championed The Inner Game of Tennis and Inner Skiing, by Tim Gallwey, the book is a beautiful collection of concepts for musicians to apply to their practicing and educating. Amidst the many terrific ideas Green lays out, are...

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A Lesson From The Inaudible Sound Of The Invisible Sun

A Lesson From The Inaudible Sound Of The Invisible Sun

The Inaudible Sound of the Invisible Sun. I sure learned a lot from that guy. “That . . . guy?” you ask. Yep- that what he’s called. By some, anyway. Rakalam (which somehow translates into “the inaudible sound of the invisible sun”) is a moniker that was given to legendary drummer, Bob Moses, by his spiritual guide. Although (or maybe, because) my lesson with him...

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Gather Your Troops

Gather Your Troops

I hate asking for help. I usually pride myself on autonomy and self-reliance. And, I’ve recently been reminded how extremely limiting that can be. “Alone we can do so little. Together we can do so much.” (Helen Keller) For a while now, I have been planning a project titled Amaloboozi. I will be traveling to Uganda, East Africa this fall, to record an album of music with youth...

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Guerrilla Influence Formula for Musicians

Guerrilla Influence Formula for Musicians

*** NOTE: As of June 2013, Guerrilla Influence Formula is NO LONGER FOR SALE. However, that does NOT mean that you shouldn’t still check out everything else that Tyler Tervooren (who you’ll be hearing about in just a second) is up to. Because you SHOULD. He’s pretty rad. Do so right here. *** Musicians, artists, dancers, and all creative types: looking for some ways to increase...

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The 2011 ImpossibList

The 2011 ImpossibList

I’m a bit late in posting this year’s resolutions (and I know some people disagree about whether or not they should even be written in the first place). But I, for one, operate well and efficiently when I have clearly defined goals in place. After a bit of a slump near the end of last year, I feel like I’m at an critical turning point in many areas of my life. As usual, my...

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