I’m really thankful and complimented when people come to me and say thank you for the great times for all these years. But I don’t think about it as being a leader.
At first I missed it but it was the amazing energy thing that happened during shows when a lot of people were like Yay Yay Yeah! I missed that for a while. But I don’t miss the regular and the business side of that whole thing.
My dad loved black singers. So listening to New Orleans music eventually I wanted to play an instrument.
I made that decision back in 1985. I was out here getting certified in SCUBA with Garcia in Kona and I thought to myself this is a place to wake up in in the morning.
I always thought it would be really cool to be playing the drums in the show and then have your astral body or whatever travel all through the audience and dig whatever it’s like out there.
I saw a drummer play once when I was a kid and I thought that’s really cool. You know you’re moving. You’re using your arms and fingers. So I tried it and I loved it.