Stealth Drums and Percussion
But just a bit about me.... I'm Jerry, but a lot know me as Jman. It's my web handle that is as familiar to me as my real name! Actually several years back some of my friends started calling me Jman and it just kinda stuck.
I started playing drums when I was 16.... typical guy.... just wanted to beat on things and call it music... But, it was different than most passing hobbies/fads, this was something that.. well, went deeper, music therapy.... I'd say. To this day, when I'm playing in a groove, the hair stands up on the back of my neck, and a smile comes over my face that reaches all the way into my heart!
I played in some bands from time to time. But life, family and practical necessity kind of pushed me in pursuit of, for lack of better words..... Making a living.... feedin the fam.
In 1978 after driving past Disneyland in Anaheim Ca. I had a life changer... It struck me that pretty much my whole life was dedicated to the pursuit of happiness.... like those people I saw at Disneyland that night... but they weren't happy... some kids were crying, some people were fighting, some looked exhausted and just plain miserable... That was me....! Long story short... Christ came into my life that night..... I've never been the same since.... Peace replaced the turmoil.
Well you'd prolly never pick me out of a line-up as one of "those" kind of people, but I am...
So my new direction led me to seek out bands that were playing Christian music... played in some along the way, none famous, but very fulfilling... I think just playing in the worship band in a young church was the best I ever fealt.... since I wasn't playin really to crowds or even to myself, but to the One who made me. End of Sermon.... LOL
So Life goes on ..... things happen ...... down the road I put my drums in storage and didn't play again for over 10 years. Couldn't even think about getting that gigantic acoustic kit out and setting it up, as I was in the S.Cal. apartment syndrome.... so I gave it up...
In 2000, I entered a music store, sat down at a Roland V-Drum kit, put the headphones on, WOW! All that I had been missing came right back to me..... the hair went up on the back of my neck..... the thought of playing almost silently without the problem of bothering others nearby.... Yup the rest is History! April 2004 my Monster V-Drum kit was featured as the Kit of the Month in Modern Drummer Magazine!.....
Me and the MONSTER ..... we be jammin
Lately my life is filled with songs accompanied by musicians I've never met in person, from all over the world...... gotta love this On-Line Collaboration ....... IT ROCKS!!
Maybe a bad idea for someone with an extreme case of G.A.S (Gear Acquisition Syndrome) to enter into a whole new area of electronic drums...... the stealth conversion of acoustic drum kits into beautiful electronic drum kits ..... Now every nice acoustic drum kit or percussion instrument I see becomes a potential candidate for a new Stealth drum kit or percussion instrument..... LOL .... But if it weren't for G.A.S. I would have never come along this far with the incredible Stealth drums and percussion. So I suppose even G.A.S. can work out for good....... LOL
10-21-2011 It has been some time since I added anything to my website bio page. This one is just a thought I had tonight. I don't know about you, but with the financial hardships in our present economy I find myself wishing things were easier, finances would flow, and times weren't so tough. Have you ever daydreamed about winning the Lottery? Occasionally I find myself thinking, "wow it sure would make things easier if I won the Lottery!" Then, this thought crossed my mind today.... it is a scripture actually:
1Corinthians 2:9 (KJV)
9 But as it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him.
So it hit me ..... I never bought a ticket, as a matter of fact the price of the ticket was paid for me, and I've already won something that surpasses any possible prize or Lottery ever held, past, present or future. No possible way to outdo this winning, nothing will compare and that is guaranteed! It's a gift I have never deserved, worked for, or could even earn in a lifetime, but I've won it!
So for those of you that ever dreamed of easier times or winning the Lottery, here's the ticket: (more scripture)
John 3:16-17 (AMP)
16 For God so greatly loved and dearly prized the world that He [even] gave up His only begotten (unique) Son, so that whoever believes in (trusts in, clings to, relies on) Him shall not perish (come to destruction, be lost) but have eternal (everlasting) life.
17 For God did not send the Son into the world in order to judge (to reject, to condemn, to pass sentence on) the world, but that the world might find salvation and be made safe and sound through Him.
and another example:
Acts 16:27-34 (NET)
27 When the jailer woke up and saw the doors of the prison standing open, he drew his sword and was about to kill himself, because he assumed the prisoners had escaped.
28 But Paul called out loudly, "Do not harm yourself, for we are all here!"
29 Calling for lights, the jailer rushed in and fell down trembling at the feet of Paul and Silas.
30 Then he brought them outside and asked, "Sirs, what must I do to be saved?"
31 They replied, "Believe in the Lord Jesus and you will be saved, you and your household."
32 Then they spoke the word of the Lord to him, along with all those who were in his house.
33 At that hour of the night he took them and washed their wounds; then he and all his family were baptized right away.
34 The jailer brought them into his house and set food before them; and he rejoiced greatly that he had come to believe in God, together with his entire household.
Romans 10:8-13 (NIV)
8 But what does it say? "The word is near you; it is in your mouth and in your heart," that is, the word of faith we are proclaiming:
9 That if you confess with your mouth, "Jesus is Lord," and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.
10 For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you confess and are saved.
11 As the Scripture says, "Anyone who trusts in him will never be put to shame."
12 For there is no difference between Jew and Gentile--the same Lord is Lord of all and richly blesses all who call on him,
13 for, "Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved."
OK, so .... He paid the price. You just have to redeem the ticket ........ Usually when something sounds too good to be true it isn't true. But in this case it sounds too good to be true, and it is true! ...... the foundation of Truth ....... Jesus Christ: the way, the truth, and the life!
So if you made it down to the bottom of this page, you read through all my preaching ..... no apologies .... I try to be helpful with a little knowledge, tips and tricks concerning Electronic drums on the net ..... and that's "all good" .... but I thought I'd add something here on my website that is of some "real" value .... as a matter of fact it is "Priceless" ....... So the question is: Do you have eternal life? If you know Jesus Christ as your Lord you have eternal life and all the above applies to you. If the answer is no, or you don't know, go to God in sincerity and ask to be forgiven of those things that have separated you from Him, give Him an open door to your heart/life, ask Him in. He said: "Behold I stand at the door and knock, if any man hear my voice and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me." Rev. 3:20 (KJV)
Later, and God Bless, J