It all started when...
When I was a little kid, really. As mom and dad have reported (and with confirmed VHS footage), I used to run around everywhere making drum/ beatbox noises with my mouth. Even then I knew I loved rhythm. I would bang on pots and pans, and my kindergarten teacher politely asked my mom to teach me to not slap my legs during circle time.
I started on piano, and I truly loved it. I studied for about 5 years and then when adolescent life became too busy, I stopped studying privately. I even did a lot of singing in my adolescent days and was in choir in grad school. Music has always been it for me; it's where I feel the most comfortable and comfortably uncomfortable.
Percussion is a way for me to share my voice, my vision. It is a way for me to express who I am, my emotions, my passions, my hyperactivity, my focus.
I've written plenty of these kinds of self-description pages, for applications, bios, etc. I've gotta say, I'm tired of all the institutionalization these kinds of "blah blah blah, I'm a dynamic perfomer, blah blah blah" self-accolades come from. So I'm not going to write about that. If you want to see my resume, feel free to download it. Instead, I'm going to write about what music is to me in its highest capacity: community, spirituality, and experimentation.
Music brings people together like nothing in history (except maybe war) has before. Beethoven. Notorious B.I.G. Steve Reich. Beyoncé. Whether it's your taste or not, you can't argue that music brings together people of all races, creeds, sexual orientations, and backgrounds in a place where the performers and the audience members are all on the same plane. Music as community, in the highest sense, tears down the invisible wall between audience and musician(s) that was developed in Western Europe over centuries. I seek to make people feel as though they are a part of the experience, not apart from it as a spectator. Which brings me to my next point:
Music is a spiritual connection to all that we are. "Luminous beings are we; not this crude matter": Yoda said it best in The Empire Strikes Back and it's true today. Whatever organized religion may get wrong, they have absolutely hit the nail on the head by recognizing that we are all connected- and that we are all beings of light who have been taught to ignore our innate natures.
Experimentation is one of the pillars of creativity. It also just so happens to be something we're really frickin' good at as children, but is less encouraged as we grow into adulthood. However, recent generations have begun bringing back the focus on the need for nurturing the inner child in all of us. It's what allows us to feel more easily, more deeply, and learn more from ourselves and others.
So this is who I am. Look about. Click around. Message me! I love to have a good conversation with just about anyone.
Warmly, Mike Hardin