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Put some songs into ‘em. Bury ‘em when it’s time. Eco-friendly music gear is what the musician in your life wants. #perfectgift #bewhatyoumake
Put some songs into ‘em. Bury ‘em when it’s time. Eco-friendly music gear is what the musician in your life wants. #perfectgift  #bewhatyoumake 
A huge #SHOUTOUT to our guitarist/vocalist @just_sal_o_o who has officially joined @dajimmyz as a @magicroombrand family member!!
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#independentartist #MRB #magicroombrand #bamboo #ecofriendly #bewhatyoumake #biodegradable #environmentallyfriendly #music #guiatrpicks #musicians #just_sal
A big hearty welcome to Sal, lead vox and guitar for @order_of_the_diamond_official, to the Magic Room Brand family. Sal used the bamboo composite picks and will be bringing some sweet cuts to you soon from OOTD. 💠 Give them a follow. #bewhatyoumake
A big hearty welcome to Sal, lead vox and guitar for @order_of_the_diamond_official, to the Magic Room Brand family. Sal used the bamboo composite picks and will be bringing some sweet cuts to you soon from OOTD. 💠 Give them a follow. #bewhatyoumake 
When you’re a badass like @dajimmyz, there’s no such thing as a “side project.” It’s all just living your best life. Aside from his work with @soundslikedisco, here’s his restored 70s Slingerland beauty he thumps with @order_of_the_diamond_official. Keep an eye and ear out for forthcoming awesomeness. #bewhatyoumake
When you’re a badass like @dajimmyz, there’s no such thing as a “side project.” It’s all just living your best life. Aside from his work with @soundslikedisco, here’s his restored 70s Slingerland beauty he thumps with @order_of_the_diamond_official. Keep an eye and ear out for forthcoming awesomeness. #bewhatyoumake 
FROM THE BLOG: That Time My Dad and I Went to a Bullfight in Mexico
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It was just about the most awful thing ever
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I think I was about 12 or 13 years old and my family took a trip to Cancun, Mexico. I remember looking for authentic Mexican food and how unexpectedly difficult it was to find. Then, we found a place and yeah…not great. Apparently this place thought that they could just be gross and dirty and then just call themselves “authentic.”
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No…which is Spanish for, “No.”
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I don’t remember much of the beach, really, but do remember going into the market and my mom being amazing with the whole deal-making thing. Total savage. She loved haggling over prices with merchants and I think we all earned a whole new respect for Mom on that trip.
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We all got Hard Rock Cafe t-shirts, because that’s what you did back then. And it was a great time.
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Then my Dad had an idea
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I think he wanted to ratchet up the international/cultural experience and do something in Mexico that we couldn’t do back home. After what I assume was a long and hard session of thinking, he came up with the perfect plan.
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Let’s go to a frickin’ bullfight.
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My mom and sister were out the door before he even finished the sentence saying we should go. They were out. I was undecided, which at that point meant I was going.
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Alright. Screw it. Let’s go to a goddamn Mexican bullfight. I’m a sport.
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FROM THE BLOG: That Time My Dad and I Went to a Bullfight in Mexico • http://bit.ly/skelkey81 • #bewhatyoumake  • It was just about the most awful thing ever • I think I was about 12 or 13 years old and my family took a trip to Cancun, Mexico. I remember looking for authentic Mexican food and how unexpectedly difficult it was to find. Then, we found a place and yeah…not great. Apparently this place thought that they could just be gross and dirty and then just call themselves “authentic.” • No…which is Spanish for, “No.” • I don’t remember much of the beach, really, but do remember going into the market and my mom being amazing with the whole deal-making thing. Total savage. She loved haggling over prices with merchants and I think we all earned a whole new respect for Mom on that trip. • We all got Hard Rock Cafe t-shirts, because that’s what you did back then. And it was a great time. • Then my Dad had an idea • I think he wanted to ratchet up the international/cultural experience and do something in Mexico that we couldn’t do back home. After what I assume was a long and hard session of thinking, he came up with the perfect plan. • Let’s go to a frickin’ bullfight. • My mom and sister were out the door before he even finished the sentence saying we should go. They were out. I was undecided, which at that point meant I was going. • Alright. Screw it. Let’s go to a goddamn Mexican bullfight. I’m a sport. • [Read more. Link in bio.] >>>
Having musicians in your life is the sign of a life well-led. But shopping for them suuuucks. I get it. Hook them up with a super soft T-shirt and some eco-friendly gear. Bam. It’s that easy. #bewhatyoumake
Having musicians in your life is the sign of a life well-led. But shopping for them suuuucks. I get it. Hook them up with a super soft T-shirt and some eco-friendly gear. Bam. It’s that easy. #bewhatyoumake 
Choices come in all shapes and sizes. Make good ones. #bewhatyoumake
Choices come in all shapes and sizes. Make good ones. #bewhatyoumake 
Getting out of the comfort zone is where growth happens. So it’s good to be comfortable being uncomfortable. Wait what. You know what I mean #bewhatyoumake
Getting out of the comfort zone is where growth happens. So it’s good to be comfortable being uncomfortable. Wait what. You know what I mean #bewhatyoumake 
Autumn is a good time to get back to basics and tighten up a few things you may have lost over the summer. Play to a click. Clean up those ghost notes. Get that left hand back in the game. The clean sound and feel of bamboo doesn’t hide a thing. Don’t just sound good - be good. #bewhatyoumake
Autumn is a good time to get back to basics and tighten up a few things you may have lost over the summer. Play to a click. Clean up those ghost notes. Get that left hand back in the game. The clean sound and feel of bamboo doesn’t hide a thing. Don’t just sound good - be good. #bewhatyoumake 
FROM THE BLOG: 3 Things I Learned From My 13 Year-Old Car
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Is your car like you, or are you like your car?
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My family is weird about cars. Every single car we’ve ever owned. I can’t really explain it, but each car has a story and is filled with memories of that time in our lives. Actually…maybe I just explained it.
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I doubt that we’re the only family like this, so maybe I’m not all that weird about it, but the relationship someone has with their car can tell you a lot about that person. That relationship gets blurry and it can be hard to know if the car takes on the personality of the owner, or the owner takes on the personality of the car. Maybe it’s both.
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All I can say is that I strive to be more like my car.
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I drive a Jeep Grand Cherokee…
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…and have since 2005. Considered old by today’s car standards, I guess, but that girl celebrated her 152,000 mile birthday recently so she deserves her own blog post. It’s my blog and I do what I want. Shut up.
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She’s naturally taken on some of my personality traits: a little messy but can clean up halfway nice, dents and dings proudly tell a story and aren’t hidden, and there’s usually always at least one thing that needs servicing (this week it’s tire pressure and my left wrist, respectively, FYI.)
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But, still, I strive to be like my car and here are 3 reasons why:
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1. It’s anything and everything I ask it to be.
My car has always known how to stay relevant and roll with how the phases of life come and go.
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2. My car never let shortcomings get in the way of doing what it needed to do.
If you can look past a few small imperfections, we’re all going to get along just fine.
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3. Have the courage to be counted on, but also to count on someone else. 
Being trustworthy is badass. Being able to trust is just as badass.
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FROM THE BLOG: 3 Things I Learned From My 13 Year-Old Car • http://bit.ly/skelkey80 • #bewhatyoumake  • Is your car like you, or are you like your car? • My family is weird about cars. Every single car we’ve ever owned. I can’t really explain it, but each car has a story and is filled with memories of that time in our lives. Actually…maybe I just explained it. • I doubt that we’re the only family like this, so maybe I’m not all that weird about it, but the relationship someone has with their car can tell you a lot about that person. That relationship gets blurry and it can be hard to know if the car takes on the personality of the owner, or the owner takes on the personality of the car. Maybe it’s both. • All I can say is that I strive to be more like my car. • I drive a Jeep Grand Cherokee… • …and have since 2005. Considered old by today’s car standards, I guess, but that girl celebrated her 152,000 mile birthday recently so she deserves her own blog post. It’s my blog and I do what I want. Shut up. • She’s naturally taken on some of my personality traits: a little messy but can clean up halfway nice, dents and dings proudly tell a story and aren’t hidden, and there’s usually always at least one thing that needs servicing (this week it’s tire pressure and my left wrist, respectively, FYI.) • But, still, I strive to be like my car and here are 3 reasons why: • 1. It’s anything and everything I ask it to be. My car has always known how to stay relevant and roll with how the phases of life come and go. • 2. My car never let shortcomings get in the way of doing what it needed to do. If you can look past a few small imperfections, we’re all going to get along just fine. • 3. Have the courage to be counted on, but also to count on someone else. Being trustworthy is badass. Being able to trust is just as badass. • (BONUS) 4. Reality > Perception. • [Read more. Link in bio.] >>>
“...and then, he realized that he wasn’t using eco-friendly gear this whole time! AHHHHHHH!!!” // Don’t let this horror story happen to you. Terrifying. #happyhalloween #bewhatyoumake
“...and then, he realized that he wasn’t using eco-friendly gear this whole time! AHHHHHHH!!!” // Don’t let this horror story happen to you. Terrifying. #happyhalloween  #bewhatyoumake 
Do you celebrate mischief night? Me neither. But if you absolutely have to, turn your amp up and make some noise. #bewhatyoumake
Do you celebrate mischief night? Me neither. But if you absolutely have to, turn your amp up and make some noise. #bewhatyoumake 
The MRB bamboo composite picks are 100% eco-friendly and designed with the same care and personality you put into every single note. Slight taper. Slight curve. Endless possibilities. #bewhatyoumake
The MRB bamboo composite picks are 100% eco-friendly and designed with the same care and personality you put into every single note. Slight taper. Slight curve. Endless possibilities. #bewhatyoumake 
FROM THE BLOG: What Are You Really Asking for When You Ask for Advice?
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C’mooonnn. Be honest.
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These days, there’s pretty much no reason to ever have to do anything alone. Today’s world is more networked and reachable than ever and there’s always someone out there who is willing to offer you advice if you need it.
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Also, even if you don’t need it. But that’s just how that goes.
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Even when we may be “by ourselves,” we never really have to be “alone.” Asking for advice on anything you’re doing is not only more-than-ever possible, but also more-than-ever encouraged and more-than-ever necessary.
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Ask for advice. Do the research. Get the info. Then, make your well-rounded and substantiated decision. Bam. In a weird way, it IS actually that simple.
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But, be careful what you ask for
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Here’s the thing, though: It’s human nature to have expectations. In this case, before we even ask for advice on whatever it is we’re doing, we probably expect a certain response that is in line with our preconceived notion.
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We’re human. It’s a human thing. Not much we can do about that.
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It’s just a matter of time, though, that we get responses that are directly counter to what we had thought before asking. To some, this is a great learning experience, super interesting, and incredibly helpful. To others, it’s just filed under “bad advice.”
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So what are you really asking for?
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Advice vs. Validation
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FROM THE BLOG: What Are You Really Asking for When You Ask for Advice? • http://bit.ly/skelkey79 • #bewhatyoumake  • C’mooonnn. Be honest. • These days, there’s pretty much no reason to ever have to do anything alone. Today’s world is more networked and reachable than ever and there’s always someone out there who is willing to offer you advice if you need it. • Also, even if you don’t need it. But that’s just how that goes. • Even when we may be “by ourselves,” we never really have to be “alone.” Asking for advice on anything you’re doing is not only more-than-ever possible, but also more-than-ever encouraged and more-than-ever necessary. • Ask for advice. Do the research. Get the info. Then, make your well-rounded and substantiated decision. Bam. In a weird way, it IS actually that simple. • But, be careful what you ask for • Here’s the thing, though: It’s human nature to have expectations. In this case, before we even ask for advice on whatever it is we’re doing, we probably expect a certain response that is in line with our preconceived notion. • We’re human. It’s a human thing. Not much we can do about that. • It’s just a matter of time, though, that we get responses that are directly counter to what we had thought before asking. To some, this is a great learning experience, super interesting, and incredibly helpful. To others, it’s just filed under “bad advice.” • So what are you really asking for? • Advice vs. Validation • [Read more. Link in bio.] >>>
Sent some eco-friendly bamboo guitar picks to Australia today. 🇦🇺 I still get a kick out of sending gear to the other side of this rock. 🌏 #bewhatyoumake
Sent some eco-friendly bamboo guitar picks to Australia today. 🇦🇺 I still get a kick out of sending gear to the other side of this rock. 🌏 #bewhatyoumake 
If Home Depot gets to start selling Christmas trees, then screw it, I’m starting, too. Musicians are hard to shop for, I know. I’m one of them. Hook up the one in your life with some eco-friendly gear. They’ll write a song for you probably. #bewhatyoumake
If Home Depot gets to start selling Christmas trees, then screw it, I’m starting, too. Musicians are hard to shop for, I know. I’m one of them. Hook up the one in your life with some eco-friendly gear. They’ll write a song for you probably. #bewhatyoumake 
Getting ready to go load in at the @stldrumshow today. Come out and look for the MRB flag and say hi. 👋🏽 #bewhatyoumake
Getting ready to go load in at the @stldrumshow today. Come out and look for the MRB flag and say hi. 👋🏽 #bewhatyoumake 
FROM THE BLOG: Have You Tried Asking for What You Want?
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Earn the right to ask for it. Then, just ask for it.
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I was reminiscing with yesterday about someone who I haven’t seen in years. Her name is Maura and she used to cut my hair. I always looked forward to seeing her because she was hilarious, friendly, and had the ability to talk about anything and everything. That, and she always gave you a straight answer to any question…so you always knew where you stood with her.
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One story that came up was how she got her first hair stylist job. She went in to interview with the owner and they hit it off. I think she might have shadowed some other stylists at the place and met some clients. Usually, at that point, a decision can be made on the applicant based on skill level and cultural “fit” for the vibe of the studio.
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Well, not this time. Maura, for whatever reason, got called in a second time to interview and talk to more employees, do some more shadowing, and go through the whole dance again. She was a good sport and wanted to the job, so she did so gladly. No big deal.
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Now, she was going to play the waiting game to see what their decision was.
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Nope.
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A third interview
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Then, a request for a fourth interview came in.
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Then she took control
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FROM THE BLOG: Have You Tried Asking for What You Want? • http://bit.ly/skelkey78 • #bewhatyoumake  • Earn the right to ask for it. Then, just ask for it. • I was reminiscing with yesterday about someone who I haven’t seen in years. Her name is Maura and she used to cut my hair. I always looked forward to seeing her because she was hilarious, friendly, and had the ability to talk about anything and everything. That, and she always gave you a straight answer to any question…so you always knew where you stood with her. • One story that came up was how she got her first hair stylist job. She went in to interview with the owner and they hit it off. I think she might have shadowed some other stylists at the place and met some clients. Usually, at that point, a decision can be made on the applicant based on skill level and cultural “fit” for the vibe of the studio. • Well, not this time. Maura, for whatever reason, got called in a second time to interview and talk to more employees, do some more shadowing, and go through the whole dance again. She was a good sport and wanted to the job, so she did so gladly. No big deal. • Now, she was going to play the waiting game to see what their decision was. • Nope. • A third interview • Then, a request for a fourth interview came in. • Then she took control • [Read more. Link in bio.] >>>
Unlike some things, when you bury your old eco-friendly MRB bamboo guitar picks, they’ll go away for good! #bewhatyoumake
Unlike some things, when you bury your old eco-friendly MRB bamboo guitar picks, they’ll go away for good! #bewhatyoumake 
Was gonna make an “off my gourd” joke but then was like “meh.” Anyhoo, psyched about this weekend’s @stldrumshow. Stop by and see me if you’re there. #bewhatyoumake
Was gonna make an “off my gourd” joke but then was like “meh.” Anyhoo, psyched about this weekend’s @stldrumshow. Stop by and see me if you’re there. #bewhatyoumake 
Awww who remembers this spot? The one on Newbury St. in Boston was the stuff. #bewhatyoumake
Awww who remembers this spot? The one on Newbury St. in Boston was the stuff. #bewhatyoumake 
Price menu for the gear that will be available at the upcoming @stldrumshow. I wonder if I’m devaluing my high fives. 🤔🤷🏾‍♂️ Come get ‘em while they last! ✋🏾 #bewhatyoumake
Price menu for the gear that will be available at the upcoming @stldrumshow. I wonder if I’m devaluing my high fives. 🤔🤷🏾‍♂️ Come get ‘em while they last! ✋🏾 #bewhatyoumake 
FROM THE BLOG: When Your Mom Starts a Story, Shut Up and Listen
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Stories are inside everything. For real. Everything.
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Our oldest son is studying the human body at school, so my wife — in the medical field professionally — signed up to visit his class and talk about the human skeleton and how it all works.
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Knowing how tricky it can be to talk to a room full of second graders, she knew she needed some kind of attention-getting prop. She asked me for the life-sized model skeleton that my late father — an orthopedic surgeon — had in his office. Oh man, that’s perfect. I tracked it down in my mom’s basement and it’s ready to go.
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My dad named it. Yep, he named the skeleton. Meet Red (see photo), named after Red Skelton who was a comedian in the 1940s and 50s. My dad cracked himself up.
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As I brought Red upstairs and started to pack him in my car to bring home, I started to wonder what would happen if I got pulled over…
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Then, my mom started to tell me a story
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She asked if I knew the story of how Red came into my dad’s ownership. I didn’t, so she told me.
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Years ago, they actually made these model skeletons out of real bones. Please feel free to read that again? Think it’s a typo? Nope. You guys…they used to use REAL BONES.
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My dad didn’t want one with real bones. Not because it’s totally creepy to have a dead guy as room decor, but because it was super expensive. I would have gone with both reasons, but ok, just as long as it’s out of the question. My sister makes the joke that it cost an “arm and a leg” because goddammit that joke is f***ing funny. Right? Right.
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So, my dad asked a friend of his in India to buy a skeleton model there — cheaper and not made of real bones — and then bring it to him on his next trip back to the US. The friend agrees because my dad’s friends were and are the best. Problem solved.
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You thought trying to get a water bottle through security is bad?
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Well, it turns out that airport security, even back then, weren’t too keen on seeing skeletons inside of people’s suitcases.
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FROM THE BLOG: When Your Mom Starts a Story, Shut Up and Listen • http://bit.ly/skelkey77 • #bewhatyoumake  • Stories are inside everything. For real. Everything. • Our oldest son is studying the human body at school, so my wife — in the medical field professionally — signed up to visit his class and talk about the human skeleton and how it all works. • Knowing how tricky it can be to talk to a room full of second graders, she knew she needed some kind of attention-getting prop. She asked me for the life-sized model skeleton that my late father — an orthopedic surgeon — had in his office. Oh man, that’s perfect. I tracked it down in my mom’s basement and it’s ready to go. • My dad named it. Yep, he named the skeleton. Meet Red (see photo), named after Red Skelton who was a comedian in the 1940s and 50s. My dad cracked himself up. • As I brought Red upstairs and started to pack him in my car to bring home, I started to wonder what would happen if I got pulled over… • Then, my mom started to tell me a story • She asked if I knew the story of how Red came into my dad’s ownership. I didn’t, so she told me. • Years ago, they actually made these model skeletons out of real bones. Please feel free to read that again? Think it’s a typo? Nope. You guys…they used to use REAL BONES. • Ew. • My dad didn’t want one with real bones. Not because it’s totally creepy to have a dead guy as room decor, but because it was super expensive. I would have gone with both reasons, but ok, just as long as it’s out of the question. My sister makes the joke that it cost an “arm and a leg” because goddammit that joke is f***ing funny. Right? Right. • So, my dad asked a friend of his in India to buy a skeleton model there — cheaper and not made of real bones — and then bring it to him on his next trip back to the US. The friend agrees because my dad’s friends were and are the best. Problem solved. • You thought trying to get a water bottle through security is bad? • Well, it turns out that airport security, even back then, weren’t too keen on seeing skeletons inside of people’s suitcases. • [Read more. Link in bio.] >>>
Think you have what it takes? Yeah, me too. Become a Magic Room Brand artist and always have your favorite eco-friendly music gear with you. #bewhatyoumake
Think you have what it takes? Yeah, me too. Become a Magic Room Brand artist and always have your favorite eco-friendly music gear with you. #bewhatyoumake 
Who loves free stickers? 🙋🏾‍♂️🙋🏻‍♂️🙋🏻‍♂️🙋🏿‍♀️🙋🏻‍♀️🙋🏼‍♀️🙋🏼‍♂️🙋🏽‍♂️. Come get some at the first ever @stldrumshow on 10/20. The vendor list looks crazy good. #bewhatyoumake
Who loves free stickers? 🙋🏾‍♂️🙋🏻‍♂️🙋🏻‍♂️🙋🏿‍♀️🙋🏻‍♀️🙋🏼‍♀️🙋🏼‍♂️🙋🏽‍♂️. Come get some at the first ever @stldrumshow on 10/20. The vendor list looks crazy good. #bewhatyoumake 
Eco-friendly music gear is the perfect gift for the musician in your life. They’ll probably write a song about you. Jus sayin. #bewhatyoumake
Eco-friendly music gear is the perfect gift for the musician in your life. They’ll probably write a song about you. Jus sayin. #bewhatyoumake 
FROM THE BLOG: Whatever You Do, Don’t Be the One That Peaked in High School
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Be like wine. Play the long game.
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I’ve been realizing these past few days that there really is a lot that we all have in common. Seems like an obvious thought, but let’s be honest — it’s been pretty hard to see that these past few years. Everything has become so polarizing as people feel the need to “take sides” on every issue — politics or otherwise. And yes, there is always an issue, even when there’s not. That’s the time we live in so we roll with it.
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But I feel that we’ll always have more in common than not. One of those things is that we all can agree that high school was a weird, weird time.
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Catching up
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I recently spent a long weekend with my wife in beautiful Charleston, South Carolina. We left the kids at home with family so it was nice to remind ourselves that before we were mom and dad, we were married and didn’t have a weekend schedule that made you long for Monday so you could finally go back to work and relax. We played it by ear — to borrow a musical term — and did what we wanted, when we wanted.
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Playing it by ear seems like a default, lazy way of going about a leisurely day, but it can be a forgotten art. A lost skill. Weekends like the last one help to make sure we keep our chops sharp on that front.
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The highlights for me was visiting an old high school friend, Matt, at a restaurant he and his wife Angie opened a few years ago in North Charleston. Stems & Skins is an incredible wine bar with a fantastic small place menu. Everything was delicious, the conversation was meaningful, and the music was perfect.
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It’s been years since I’ve seen him so it was great to catch up, meet his awesome wife, and enjoy first-hand what they’ve put so much into. We talked about the challenges of starting businesses from scratch and how although skill and know-how might take you far, luck is always that elusive factor that we all need.
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Don’t be that guy
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It quickly became clear to me that Matt was out here living his best life with his best years still ahead of him.
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FROM THE BLOG: Whatever You Do, Don’t Be the One That Peaked in High School • http://bit.ly/skelkey76 • #bewhatyoumake  • Be like wine. Play the long game. • I’ve been realizing these past few days that there really is a lot that we all have in common. Seems like an obvious thought, but let’s be honest — it’s been pretty hard to see that these past few years. Everything has become so polarizing as people feel the need to “take sides” on every issue — politics or otherwise. And yes, there is always an issue, even when there’s not. That’s the time we live in so we roll with it. • But I feel that we’ll always have more in common than not. One of those things is that we all can agree that high school was a weird, weird time. • Catching up • I recently spent a long weekend with my wife in beautiful Charleston, South Carolina. We left the kids at home with family so it was nice to remind ourselves that before we were mom and dad, we were married and didn’t have a weekend schedule that made you long for Monday so you could finally go back to work and relax. We played it by ear — to borrow a musical term — and did what we wanted, when we wanted. • Playing it by ear seems like a default, lazy way of going about a leisurely day, but it can be a forgotten art. A lost skill. Weekends like the last one help to make sure we keep our chops sharp on that front. • The highlights for me was visiting an old high school friend, Matt, at a restaurant he and his wife Angie opened a few years ago in North Charleston. Stems & Skins is an incredible wine bar with a fantastic small place menu. Everything was delicious, the conversation was meaningful, and the music was perfect. • It’s been years since I’ve seen him so it was great to catch up, meet his awesome wife, and enjoy first-hand what they’ve put so much into. We talked about the challenges of starting businesses from scratch and how although skill and know-how might take you far, luck is always that elusive factor that we all need. • Don’t be that guy • It quickly became clear to me that Matt was out here living his best life with his best years still ahead of him. • [Read more. Link in bio.] >>>
Yum! Pumpkin spice drumsticks! Just kidding. That’s stupid. #bewhatyoumake
Yum! Pumpkin spice drumsticks! Just kidding. That’s stupid. #bewhatyoumake 
“Mmhmm. Yep. Sure. That’ll do nicely.” - Me out loud just now talking to no one at all. 🤷🏾‍♂️ #bewhatyoumake
“Mmhmm. Yep. Sure. That’ll do nicely.” - Me out loud just now talking to no one at all. 🤷🏾‍♂️ #bewhatyoumake 
Happy 2nd birthday to Magic Room Brand! It’s been a helluva journey, folks. Thank you to everyone out there that have supported as a customer, cheerleader, or even a therapist. It takes all of it and it means more than I’m able to say. ❤️Onward. #bewhatyoumake
Happy 2nd birthday to Magic Room Brand! It’s been a helluva journey, folks. Thank you to everyone out there that have supported as a customer, cheerleader, or even a therapist. It takes all of it and it means more than I’m able to say. ❤️Onward. #bewhatyoumake 
Mathematically speaking, today IS probably one of your best days. Live it as such. #bewhatyoumake
Mathematically speaking, today IS probably one of your best days. Live it as such. #bewhatyoumake 
Great feedback still coming in on the 5A prototypes. 🥁👍🏾 #bewhatyoumake
Great feedback still coming in on the 5A prototypes. 🥁👍🏾 #bewhatyoumake 
FROM THE BLOG: What I Learned From Starting Tae Kwon Do
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Turns out that most of me has been asleep for too long
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I write every once in a while about the advantages of trying new things or doing old things in a new way. It’s not just stuff to write about, it’s actual ideas I try to have in my life for real.
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Up until now, though, it’s been more of a psychological awareness — a kind of perception exercise. But now…it’s physical.
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I started Tae Kwon Do training last week. I’m sore. I hurt everywhere. And it’s f***ing awesome.
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How much of yourself is asleep right now?
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We know by now that we can get psychologically and perceptively complacent, but we forget that even though we are awake, much of our body may not be…and we may not even know.
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After only two days of Tae Kwon Do training, many things about my physical existence have become evident. The main learning is that much of my body has been asleep for a long, long time. Many of these parts are now awake and are yelling at me in the way of pain.
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I consider myself active. I swim a lot, jumping jacks, pushups, etc. All of the quick, 10-minutes-in-the-morning kind of stuff. But NOWHERE in my current everyday life has there ever been a reason for me to do a shoulder-high inside crescent kick, followed by a reverse knife hand chop. NOWHERE.
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Until I started Tae Kwon Do.
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Slide up, high hook kick, wait… keep your leg up for 5 seconds, ok now put it down. Seems doable, but as most things are…it’s harder than it looks and sounds. Tae Kwon Do is pretty much that…everything looks and sounds easy, until you try to do it correctly, then nope.
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I’m slowly waking up
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And by waking up, I mean getting really sore…but yeah, kind of the same thing. •
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FROM THE BLOG: What I Learned From Starting Tae Kwon Do • http://bit.ly/skelkey75 • #bewhatyoumake  • Turns out that most of me has been asleep for too long • I write every once in a while about the advantages of trying new things or doing old things in a new way. It’s not just stuff to write about, it’s actual ideas I try to have in my life for real. • Up until now, though, it’s been more of a psychological awareness — a kind of perception exercise. But now…it’s physical. • I started Tae Kwon Do training last week. I’m sore. I hurt everywhere. And it’s f***ing awesome. • How much of yourself is asleep right now? • We know by now that we can get psychologically and perceptively complacent, but we forget that even though we are awake, much of our body may not be…and we may not even know. • After only two days of Tae Kwon Do training, many things about my physical existence have become evident. The main learning is that much of my body has been asleep for a long, long time. Many of these parts are now awake and are yelling at me in the way of pain. • I consider myself active. I swim a lot, jumping jacks, pushups, etc. All of the quick, 10-minutes-in-the-morning kind of stuff. But NOWHERE in my current everyday life has there ever been a reason for me to do a shoulder-high inside crescent kick, followed by a reverse knife hand chop. NOWHERE. • Until I started Tae Kwon Do. • Slide up, high hook kick, wait… keep your leg up for 5 seconds, ok now put it down. Seems doable, but as most things are…it’s harder than it looks and sounds. Tae Kwon Do is pretty much that…everything looks and sounds easy, until you try to do it correctly, then nope. • I’m slowly waking up • And by waking up, I mean getting really sore…but yeah, kind of the same thing. • [Read more. Link in bio.] >>>
Your choices define you, so try to make good ones when you can. The world thanks you in advance. 👍🏾❤️#bewhatyoumake
Your choices define you, so try to make good ones when you can. The world thanks you in advance. 👍🏾❤️#bewhatyoumake 
Bamboo grass guitar picks off to some happy homes. #bewhatyoumake
Honestly didn’t even know I had this record. Just found it. Taking it for a spin. Friday surprises are kind of the best. #bewhatyoumake
Honestly didn’t even know I had this record. Just found it. Taking it for a spin. Friday surprises are kind of the best. #bewhatyoumake 
FROM THE BLOG: 3 Ways The Video Game ‘Pitfall’ Prepared Me For Life
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http://bit.ly/skelkey74
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See, Mom? I did learn something.
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I’m old enough to look back at the evolution of video games and be in awe of all of it. I was little when it became a “thing” and I remember liking it as much as any of my friends, which is to say that we had fun but also didn’t let it take over our other interests.
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We were good at video games, but when we were done, we went outside and played. Got dirty. Eventually got super awkward with girls. You know…all of that.
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I still have all the old consoles, too. Atari. The original Nintendo. Man, I need to hook those up.
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A few years ago, I was trying to explain “my” old games to a kid who was waaaaaay into video games. I told him how I was the “Pitfall” champion in my house and he had never heard of the game. I told him that it was screen after screen of different scenarios and for each scenario, you needed to move your guy from the left side to the right side without falling into a pit, or getting caught in a random campfire, or eaten by alligators. If you made it, you had another scenario waiting for you. And then one after that.
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And then, yes, one after that.
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Kid: “What’s the point? I mean, how do you know if you won?”
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Me: “Won? Won what?”
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Kid: “The game. When does it end?”
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Me: “Hmm…well, it ends when you die.”
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Then it hit me, the video game Pitfall is life.
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Pitfall — profound in its simplicity — is life, and it has taught me perhaps the three most important lessons about life.
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[Read more. Link in bio].
FROM THE BLOG: 3 Ways The Video Game ‘Pitfall’ Prepared Me For Life • http://bit.ly/skelkey74 • #bewhatyoumake  • See, Mom? I did learn something. • I’m old enough to look back at the evolution of video games and be in awe of all of it. I was little when it became a “thing” and I remember liking it as much as any of my friends, which is to say that we had fun but also didn’t let it take over our other interests. • We were good at video games, but when we were done, we went outside and played. Got dirty. Eventually got super awkward with girls. You know…all of that. • I still have all the old consoles, too. Atari. The original Nintendo. Man, I need to hook those up. • A few years ago, I was trying to explain “my” old games to a kid who was waaaaaay into video games. I told him how I was the “Pitfall” champion in my house and he had never heard of the game. I told him that it was screen after screen of different scenarios and for each scenario, you needed to move your guy from the left side to the right side without falling into a pit, or getting caught in a random campfire, or eaten by alligators. If you made it, you had another scenario waiting for you. And then one after that. • And then, yes, one after that. • Kid: “What’s the point? I mean, how do you know if you won?” • Me: “Won? Won what?” • Kid: “The game. When does it end?” • Me: “Hmm…well, it ends when you die.” • Then it hit me, the video game Pitfall is life. • Pitfall — profound in its simplicity — is life, and it has taught me perhaps the three most important lessons about life. • [Read more. Link in bio].
Inhale. Exhale. Yeah...that’s nice. Bamboo grass also grow 10x as fast as trees so give it a spot in your gig bag. It’s earned it. #bewhatyoumake
Inhale. Exhale. Yeah...that’s nice. Bamboo grass also grow 10x as fast as trees so give it a spot in your gig bag. It’s earned it. #bewhatyoumake 
Your instrument has feelings too, ya know. Be good to it. #bewhatyoumake
Your instrument has feelings too, ya know. Be good to it. #bewhatyoumake 
Some of eco-friendly music gear headed to happy homes in AL, CA, CO, IN, MO, and TX. #bewhatyoumake
Some of eco-friendly music gear headed to happy homes in AL, CA, CO, IN, MO, and TX. #bewhatyoumake 
Yep. The MRB monthly e-newsletter is where those sweet, sweet coupon codes are. 😉 Never spammy. Totally worth it. Get inside. Hit up the website and find the link in the footer. #bewhatyoumake
Yep. The MRB monthly e-newsletter is where those sweet, sweet coupon codes are. 😉 Never spammy. Totally worth it. Get inside. Hit up the website and find the link in the footer. #bewhatyoumake 
FROM THE BLOG: A Doctor’s Diagnosis on the Most Famous Woman Ever
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http://bit.ly/skelkey73
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Change your perspective. Change everything.
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Seeing old things in a new way is easier said than done. It’s all about perspective, and it’s human nature to unknowingly settle into a place where your perspective is limited. I mean, it’s worked for you thus far and has helped you see and appreciate so much, so…why change it?
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Well, because new perspectives can recognize new things. It’s really that simple.
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My wife recently told me about an article that she read about a new perspective taken to something that has been stared at for hundreds of years: the Mona Lisa. I’ve had the pleasure of seeing it with my own eyes many years ago when my family went to France and spent some time in The Louvre. It was smaller than I thought it was going to be, but even at a young age, I recognized how amazing it was.
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Expert and amateur admirers alike, have pondered every last detail about the painting, but nothing is as discussed as her smile. Its crookedness, subtlety, and “knowing” smile has interested viewers for years. We know that Da Vinci was a stickler for detail and accuracy, so all of his works were as much an accomplishment in science as they were masterpieces of visual art.
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A new perspective
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The article discussed a new perspective on this original masterpiece. A doctor from Boston went to see the Mona Lisa last year and saw things that perhaps no one had before.
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He admits to now knowing much about appreciating art, but definitely knows how to make a clinical diagnosis. So he did what he knows how to do and made one.
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He saw Lisa’s very small imperfections on her eye, neck, and finger, her thinning and receding hair, her discolorations, and her puffy face. Right there on the spot, he diagnosed her with hypothyroidism.
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FROM THE BLOG: A Doctor’s Diagnosis on the Most Famous Woman Ever • http://bit.ly/skelkey73 • #bewhatyoumake  • Change your perspective. Change everything. • Seeing old things in a new way is easier said than done. It’s all about perspective, and it’s human nature to unknowingly settle into a place where your perspective is limited. I mean, it’s worked for you thus far and has helped you see and appreciate so much, so…why change it? • Well, because new perspectives can recognize new things. It’s really that simple. • My wife recently told me about an article that she read about a new perspective taken to something that has been stared at for hundreds of years: the Mona Lisa. I’ve had the pleasure of seeing it with my own eyes many years ago when my family went to France and spent some time in The Louvre. It was smaller than I thought it was going to be, but even at a young age, I recognized how amazing it was. • Expert and amateur admirers alike, have pondered every last detail about the painting, but nothing is as discussed as her smile. Its crookedness, subtlety, and “knowing” smile has interested viewers for years. We know that Da Vinci was a stickler for detail and accuracy, so all of his works were as much an accomplishment in science as they were masterpieces of visual art. • A new perspective • The article discussed a new perspective on this original masterpiece. A doctor from Boston went to see the Mona Lisa last year and saw things that perhaps no one had before. • He admits to now knowing much about appreciating art, but definitely knows how to make a clinical diagnosis. So he did what he knows how to do and made one. • He saw Lisa’s very small imperfections on her eye, neck, and finger, her thinning and receding hair, her discolorations, and her puffy face. Right there on the spot, he diagnosed her with hypothyroidism. • [Read more. Link in bio.] >>>
Prepping for the first annual @stldrumshow next month. Gonna be so rad! Two of my fave things: my city and drums. #bewhatyoumake
Prepping for the first annual @stldrumshow next month. Gonna be so rad! Two of my fave things: my city and drums. #bewhatyoumake 
It’s a clean slate kind of day. #bewhatyoumake
Here’s my dude @jellisstl reppin’ MRB and throwing down on the kit this past weekend with his band The Vondrukes. So much #STL ⚜️ in this pic! #bewhatyoumake
Here’s my dude @jellisstl reppin’ MRB and throwing down on the kit this past weekend with his band The Vondrukes. So much #STL  ⚜️ in this pic! #bewhatyoumake 
Before going on 2 west coast tours, being on the radio, and playing some iconic venues, I was in a small ska band playing back yard shows throughout Los Angeles. One of the first legit places we played was @theairlinerla in L.A. Tonight I get to go back and play with my band @soundslikedisco, and It's totally FREE. Come hang out with us at this amazing music festival. So many great artist playing 3 different stages. We are upstairs at 9:30. 21 & over (sorry kids)
Before going on 2 west coast tours, being on the radio, and playing some iconic venues, I was in a small ska band playing back yard shows throughout Los Angeles. One of the first legit places we played was @theairlinerla in L.A. Tonight I get to go back and play with my band @soundslikedisco, and It's totally FREE. Come hang out with us at this amazing music festival. So many great artist playing 3 different stages. We are upstairs at 9:30. 21 & over (sorry kids)
FROM THE BLOG: There’s More Than One Way to Be Creative
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Find all the ways to get to a great idea
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Years ago, I worked at a small creative agency and, not gonna lie, it was weird. These people were incredibly creative, lots of great ideas, but I didn’t really fit in the dynamic there. It seemed like everything was an inside joke and I was forever on the outside.
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The culture there was so strange, and to this day, I can’t put my finger on exactly why. I do remember that everyone there felt that there really was only one way to be creative. Every time a new concept or idea was being developed, you had to think very linearly and go through a step-by-step process on how to think it all through. If you didn’t go through this process, then leadership didn’t even consider the idea or line of thinking.
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It was methodical. It was purposeful. It was also so f***ing stupid.
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There’s more than one way
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Don’t get me wrong, thinking all of it through step-by-step is a great way to do it. But it’s not the only way.
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Saying that there is only one way to be creative is like saying that there is only one way to rock and, sorry folks, but Sammy Hagar has it all wrong.
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By definition, creativity involves the ideas of individuality and originality. For real…look it up. Forcing a single process on a group of creative people only limited the scope of ideas, therefore deciding who was allowed to have “good” ideas and who wasn’t.
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FROM THE BLOG: There’s More Than One Way to Be Creative • http://bit.ly/skelkey72 • #bewhatyoumake  • Find all the ways to get to a great idea • Years ago, I worked at a small creative agency and, not gonna lie, it was weird. These people were incredibly creative, lots of great ideas, but I didn’t really fit in the dynamic there. It seemed like everything was an inside joke and I was forever on the outside. • The culture there was so strange, and to this day, I can’t put my finger on exactly why. I do remember that everyone there felt that there really was only one way to be creative. Every time a new concept or idea was being developed, you had to think very linearly and go through a step-by-step process on how to think it all through. If you didn’t go through this process, then leadership didn’t even consider the idea or line of thinking. • It was methodical. It was purposeful. It was also so f***ing stupid. • There’s more than one way • Don’t get me wrong, thinking all of it through step-by-step is a great way to do it. But it’s not the only way. • Saying that there is only one way to be creative is like saying that there is only one way to rock and, sorry folks, but Sammy Hagar has it all wrong. • By definition, creativity involves the ideas of individuality and originality. For real…look it up. Forcing a single process on a group of creative people only limited the scope of ideas, therefore deciding who was allowed to have “good” ideas and who wasn’t. • [Read more. Link in bio.] >>>
Everytime I see other drummers play they always look so cool. I on the other hand, always feel like I have some awkward head bops and face expressions. But anyway, here is a peek at one of my favorite songs to play from the @soundslikedisco set list.
Everytime I see other drummers play they always look so cool. I on the other hand, always feel like I have some awkward head bops and face expressions. But anyway, here is a peek at one of my favorite songs to play from the @soundslikedisco set list.
Don’t hit drums. Play drums. Bamboo’s playability and versatility is why they earn a spot in your stick bag. #bewhatyoumake
Don’t hit drums. Play drums. Bamboo’s playability and versatility is why they earn a spot in your stick bag. #bewhatyoumake 
MRB artist @dajimmyz of @soundslikedisco doing work. #bewhatyoumake ・・・
Itching to get back on stage again. Luckily we will be playing @urfrnds_ent_ Music Fest  Saturday September 8. It’s FREE!! So you got more money for beer 🍺🍻🍺🍻
MRB artist @dajimmyz of @soundslikedisco doing work. #bewhatyoumake  ・・・ Itching to get back on stage again. Luckily we will be playing @urfrnds_ent_ Music Fest Saturday September 8. It’s FREE!! So you got more money for beer 🍺🍻🍺🍻
Remember the band Crash Test Dummies? How that guy’s voice was so low and we all thought it was weird? Well they came up on shuffle and it’s still weird but also kind of amazing. #jussayin #bewhatyoumake
Remember the band Crash Test Dummies? How that guy’s voice was so low and we all thought it was weird? Well they came up on shuffle and it’s still weird but also kind of amazing. #jussayin  #bewhatyoumake 
FROM THE BLOG: What I Learned From That One Time I Ran Out of Gas
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Creativity ✅. Desperation ✅. Awful smell ✅.
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I’m still not 100% sure who “they” are, but “they” say that you don’t really have a sense as to who you are, how you think, and what you’re capable of until you find yourself in an unforeseen predicament that requires immediate action. That need to act quickly, decisively, and independently is telling, and can put anyone to the test. •
It’s good to find yourself in those situations every once in a while because they’re the best indicators of the who, how, and what I mentioned above. It forces you to remove any qualifiers and really get to the core of your abilities and mindset. •
The rub, though, is that the more stressful these situations are, the more they’ll show and, let’s be honest, sometimes we don’t like what we see. •
Sorry mom, it actually happened
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I was recently telling my 4YO the story of when I was driving and actually ran out of gas. No, not the “almost empty so I better get to a gas station soon” kind of empty, I’m talking about the “had to pull off the road because my car completely stopped” kind of empty. It was the one and only time it’s ever happened to me and it was so, so, so stupid, you guys. •
I admit, that the “low gas” light was on for probably about two days. There was absolutely no reason why I didn’t fill up besides me being 22 years old at the time, stupid, and kind of forgetful. •
I was working as a child care worker at a children’s home at the time and it was the night of our holiday party. I was giving a ride to a woman with which I worked and she needed to drop something off to her daughter at the mall before we headed to the party. There was a gas station across the street from the mall so I dropped her off and said I’d be back in 5 minutes. •
Nope.
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As I was getting close to the gas station, it happened. My car died. Done. Dunzo. Empty. No gas. •
I was able to pull off the road a block away from the gas station as my car slowly came to a pathetic halt. I tried to start it. Nope. Tried again. Nope. •
F**k. •
[Read more. Link in bio.] >>>
FROM THE BLOG: What I Learned From That One Time I Ran Out of Gas • http://bit.ly/skelkey71 • #bewhatyoumake  • Creativity ✅. Desperation ✅. Awful smell ✅. • I’m still not 100% sure who “they” are, but “they” say that you don’t really have a sense as to who you are, how you think, and what you’re capable of until you find yourself in an unforeseen predicament that requires immediate action. That need to act quickly, decisively, and independently is telling, and can put anyone to the test. • It’s good to find yourself in those situations every once in a while because they’re the best indicators of the who, how, and what I mentioned above. It forces you to remove any qualifiers and really get to the core of your abilities and mindset. • The rub, though, is that the more stressful these situations are, the more they’ll show and, let’s be honest, sometimes we don’t like what we see. • Sorry mom, it actually happened • I was recently telling my 4YO the story of when I was driving and actually ran out of gas. No, not the “almost empty so I better get to a gas station soon” kind of empty, I’m talking about the “had to pull off the road because my car completely stopped” kind of empty. It was the one and only time it’s ever happened to me and it was so, so, so stupid, you guys. • I admit, that the “low gas” light was on for probably about two days. There was absolutely no reason why I didn’t fill up besides me being 22 years old at the time, stupid, and kind of forgetful. • I was working as a child care worker at a children’s home at the time and it was the night of our holiday party. I was giving a ride to a woman with which I worked and she needed to drop something off to her daughter at the mall before we headed to the party. There was a gas station across the street from the mall so I dropped her off and said I’d be back in 5 minutes. • Nope. • As I was getting close to the gas station, it happened. My car died. Done. Dunzo. Empty. No gas. • I was able to pull off the road a block away from the gas station as my car slowly came to a pathetic halt. I tried to start it. Nope. Tried again. Nope. • F**k. • [Read more. Link in bio.] >>>
The best kind of art can be used to make another kind of art. MRB bamboo guitar picks are as smooth as Van Dyke Brown. #bewhatyoumake
The best kind of art can be used to make another kind of art. MRB bamboo guitar picks are as smooth as Van Dyke Brown. #bewhatyoumake 
Still beta-testing the 5A bamboo drumsticks. They’re feeling and sounding great. In stock soon! #bewhatyoumake
Still beta-testing the 5A bamboo drumsticks. They’re feeling and sounding great. In stock soon! #bewhatyoumake 
You guys. MRB is super proud to be a #sponsor of an amazing music fest in #stlouis. @undercoverweekend is in its 12th year and blowing the doors off of @delmarhallstl. Night 1 is gonna be a tough act to follow. Nights 2 and 3 look up to the challenge. #bewhatyoumake
You guys. MRB is super proud to be a #sponsor  of an amazing music fest in #stlouis . @undercoverweekend is in its 12th year and blowing the doors off of @delmarhallstl. Night 1 is gonna be a tough act to follow. Nights 2 and 3 look up to the challenge. #bewhatyoumake 
FROM THE BLOG: The Best Advice I Got Was From The Worst Supervisor Ever
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Even a broken clock is right twice a day.
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We all have that story. Whether it was a teacher, or an ex, or a co-worker, or a supervisor…but we all have our story. If you don’t, then sorry but give it time. You’ll get your story and it’ll suck for a while but it’s absolutely necessary for personal growth.
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Working with — or for — someone that is just plain the f***ing worst.
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I’m not going to turn this post into a blog therapy session and get into details, but it was awful and we’ll leave it at that. It impacted me spiritually, psychologically, emotionally, and even physically. I hated it when it was happening, but absolutely love having that experience in my history and under my belt. I learned a lot about myself and what I was capable of, while also learning everything about what kind of person I absolutely did not want to be.
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Turns out that knowing what you don’t want is half of knowing what you want.
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Diamond in the rough
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Of all the nonsense, deceit, manipulation, and mind games, there was one shining little gem that was given to me which I still keep with me today. A solid, actionable, and valuable piece of advice:
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Build yourself your own personal board of directors.
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I know. Seems a little weird, but trust me. It’s amazing.
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The sooner you realize that life is a constant work-in-progress, the sooner you’ll see that we all need help. A lot of help. ALL the help.
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[Read more. Link in bio.] >>>
FROM THE BLOG: The Best Advice I Got Was From The Worst Supervisor Ever • http://bit.ly/skelkey70 • #bewhatyoumake  • Even a broken clock is right twice a day. • We all have that story. Whether it was a teacher, or an ex, or a co-worker, or a supervisor…but we all have our story. If you don’t, then sorry but give it time. You’ll get your story and it’ll suck for a while but it’s absolutely necessary for personal growth. • Working with — or for — someone that is just plain the f***ing worst. • I’m not going to turn this post into a blog therapy session and get into details, but it was awful and we’ll leave it at that. It impacted me spiritually, psychologically, emotionally, and even physically. I hated it when it was happening, but absolutely love having that experience in my history and under my belt. I learned a lot about myself and what I was capable of, while also learning everything about what kind of person I absolutely did not want to be. • Turns out that knowing what you don’t want is half of knowing what you want. • Diamond in the rough • Of all the nonsense, deceit, manipulation, and mind games, there was one shining little gem that was given to me which I still keep with me today. A solid, actionable, and valuable piece of advice: • Build yourself your own personal board of directors. • I know. Seems a little weird, but trust me. It’s amazing. • The sooner you realize that life is a constant work-in-progress, the sooner you’ll see that we all need help. A lot of help. ALL the help. • [Read more. Link in bio.] >>>
10 pairs of Surgeons (5B bamboo drumsticks) off to their new home in CA with MRB artist @dajimmyz of @soundslikedisco. My mainest of main mans. 👊🏾 #bewhatyoumake
10 pairs of Surgeons (5B bamboo drumsticks) off to their new home in CA with MRB artist @dajimmyz of @soundslikedisco. My mainest of main mans. 👊🏾 #bewhatyoumake 
#Repost @magicroombrand
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Prepping artist giveaways for this year’s @undercoverweekend music festival at @delmarhallstl. Always a great time. #sponsor #bewhatyoumake
#Repost  @magicroombrand ・・・ Prepping artist giveaways for this year’s @undercoverweekend music festival at @delmarhallstl. Always a great time. #sponsor  #bewhatyoumake 
Prepping artist giveaways for this year’s @undercoverweekend music festival at @delmarhallstl. Always a great time. #sponsor #bewhatyoumake
Prepping artist giveaways for this year’s @undercoverweekend music festival at @delmarhallstl. Always a great time. #sponsor  #bewhatyoumake 
Off to their new home in CA for MRB artist @therealmontenegro. Thanks, brother! Good hustle. Can’t wait to hear more @memorybells! #bewhatyoumake
Off to their new home in CA for MRB artist @therealmontenegro. Thanks, brother! Good hustle. Can’t wait to hear more @memorybells! #bewhatyoumake 
FROM THE BLOG: The Power of the Word “Yet”
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Confident ✅. Optimistic ✅. Empowering ✅. Fun to say ✅.
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I had a good catch-up with one of my oldest and dearest friends last week. It’s always great to hear from him (usually in hilarious, personal joke text message form), but better when we get to hang face-to-face. Exponentially so when it’s just us and we actually get to do some real catching up. •
Seriously, one of my favorite people ever.
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He’s working through some stuff, as I guess we all always are. Some things only seem and feel big, while some of the other things are actually pretty big. But, he’s one of those guys who handles difficult situations with incomparable grace, positivity, and self-awareness. I’ve really never seen anything like it and I try to be like him in that way as much as I can in my life. This next year or two could get a bit bumpy, but the unknown is as much stressful as it is exciting — and he knows it.
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When it’s all said and done, he’s not only going to be fine, he’s going to be awesome.
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New things
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We spoke about how life doesn’t give a whole lot of shits about what you had planned out. Not really any, actually. The actual number is zero. Life gives zero shits about your plan. It’s math.
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He mentioned a few things he was working on and I had brought up a few new things in my life, too. It was validating for both us to know that this kind of thing can be “normal” (however you want to define that), but a common theme that kept coming up was stepping into areas of life that are brand spanking new. The never-been-done-before kind of new which, again, is as stressful as it is exciting.
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We both kept saying one word….
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Yet.
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What “yet” means
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Adding the word, “yet” at the end of a sentence changes everything. I mean, everything.
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It can immediately make a hopelessly terminal statement into a confidently optimistic one.
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FROM THE BLOG: The Power of the Word “Yet” • http://bit.ly/skelkey69 • #bewhatyoumake  • Confident ✅. Optimistic ✅. Empowering ✅. Fun to say ✅. • I had a good catch-up with one of my oldest and dearest friends last week. It’s always great to hear from him (usually in hilarious, personal joke text message form), but better when we get to hang face-to-face. Exponentially so when it’s just us and we actually get to do some real catching up. • Seriously, one of my favorite people ever. • He’s working through some stuff, as I guess we all always are. Some things only seem and feel big, while some of the other things are actually pretty big. But, he’s one of those guys who handles difficult situations with incomparable grace, positivity, and self-awareness. I’ve really never seen anything like it and I try to be like him in that way as much as I can in my life. This next year or two could get a bit bumpy, but the unknown is as much stressful as it is exciting — and he knows it. • When it’s all said and done, he’s not only going to be fine, he’s going to be awesome. • New things • We spoke about how life doesn’t give a whole lot of shits about what you had planned out. Not really any, actually. The actual number is zero. Life gives zero shits about your plan. It’s math. • He mentioned a few things he was working on and I had brought up a few new things in my life, too. It was validating for both us to know that this kind of thing can be “normal” (however you want to define that), but a common theme that kept coming up was stepping into areas of life that are brand spanking new. The never-been-done-before kind of new which, again, is as stressful as it is exciting. • We both kept saying one word…. • Yet. • What “yet” means • Adding the word, “yet” at the end of a sentence changes everything. I mean, everything. • It can immediately make a hopelessly terminal statement into a confidently optimistic one. • [Read more. Link in bio.] >>>
Honored that @buzzfeed listed Magic Room Brand as a “subscription box you’ll wish you’d known about sooner.” Aww shucks. Thanks! 😲❤️👊🏾 #bewhatyoumake
Honored that @buzzfeed listed Magic Room Brand as a “subscription box you’ll wish you’d known about sooner.” Aww shucks. Thanks! 😲❤️👊🏾 #bewhatyoumake 
Ryan at @yellowcakepedals is good people so let’s wish him a #happybirthday today. #bewhatyoumake
Bamboo grass guitar pick variety pack headed out to CO for @mikeypauker. Yeah buddy! 👊🏾 #bewhatyoumake
Bamboo grass guitar pick variety pack headed out to CO for @mikeypauker. Yeah buddy! 👊🏾 #bewhatyoumake 
Don’t listen to them. The summer isn’t over. Milk every second! Use coupon code STAYCATION for 20% off your next order of the only line of eco-friendly bamboo music accessories. #bewhatyoumake
Don’t listen to them. The summer isn’t over. Milk every second! Use coupon code STAYCATION for 20% off your next order of the only line of eco-friendly bamboo music accessories. #bewhatyoumake 
FROM THE BLOG: What Happens When Chaos Stops Feeling Chaotic?
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It’s called personal growth. Congrats.
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India. It’s gorgeous. It’s chaos. It’s amazing. It’s everything you’ve heard that it is.
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The last time I was there was in the summer of 2004…yes, it’s been a while. It’s tough to get back when there’s a young family to consider because it’s a lot of travel and you have to stay for at least two weeks, which is difficult to manage. We’re going to try to make something work for next summer so stay tuned.
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My trip in 2004 was my second time there and my first time since I was really little…so I didn’t remember much. My dad visited somewhat regularly and kept telling me about the street traffic. Words didn’t do it justice so he was excited that I was going to see it in person, insisting that I always sit in the front seat when we were being driven around.
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Ummm…What. The. Hell.
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Chaos. For the first few days of our trip, I was seriously covering my eyes with my hands when we were on the road. Ever seen a toddler play one of those car driving video games? Yep. Pretty much like that.
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The ratio of painted lanes on the road to actual lanes of cars in traffic was always 1:2. 3 lanes on the road? Cool story bro, because there’s 6 lanes of vehicles. No big deal. I finally asked our driver about the lanes because what in the actual hell?
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“Oh yeah, the lanes. They’re just suggestions. It’s not like a law or anything. Just suggestions.”
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I chuckled until I noticed that he wasn’t chuckling back and then I realized that he wasn’t joking. I continued to white-knuckle grab anything I could find. •
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FROM THE BLOG: What Happens When Chaos Stops Feeling Chaotic? • http://bit.ly/skelkey68 • #bewhatyoumake  • It’s called personal growth. Congrats. • India. It’s gorgeous. It’s chaos. It’s amazing. It’s everything you’ve heard that it is. • The last time I was there was in the summer of 2004…yes, it’s been a while. It’s tough to get back when there’s a young family to consider because it’s a lot of travel and you have to stay for at least two weeks, which is difficult to manage. We’re going to try to make something work for next summer so stay tuned. • My trip in 2004 was my second time there and my first time since I was really little…so I didn’t remember much. My dad visited somewhat regularly and kept telling me about the street traffic. Words didn’t do it justice so he was excited that I was going to see it in person, insisting that I always sit in the front seat when we were being driven around. • Ummm…What. The. Hell. • Chaos. For the first few days of our trip, I was seriously covering my eyes with my hands when we were on the road. Ever seen a toddler play one of those car driving video games? Yep. Pretty much like that. • The ratio of painted lanes on the road to actual lanes of cars in traffic was always 1:2. 3 lanes on the road? Cool story bro, because there’s 6 lanes of vehicles. No big deal. I finally asked our driver about the lanes because what in the actual hell? • “Oh yeah, the lanes. They’re just suggestions. It’s not like a law or anything. Just suggestions.” • I chuckled until I noticed that he wasn’t chuckling back and then I realized that he wasn’t joking. I continued to white-knuckle grab anything I could find. • [Read more. Link in bio.] >>>
Happy #nationaldollarday all! Yep. It’s a thing. A real actual thing. Every order today gets a $1 refund back atcha because dolla dolla bills. #bewhatyoumake
Happy #nationaldollarday  all! Yep. It’s a thing. A real actual thing. Every order today gets a $1 refund back atcha because dolla dolla bills. #bewhatyoumake 
I hope you’re reading this while waiting in line to #vote. #✅ #bewhatyoumake
Bamboo drumsticks get you some of that sweet, sweet cymbal tone. Like candy for your ears. #🍭 #bewhatyoumake
Bamboo drumsticks get you some of that sweet, sweet cymbal tone. Like candy for your ears. #🍭 #bewhatyoumake 
Biodegradable bamboo grass picks. Q: What’s not to love? A: Nothing. 🌎❤️👍🏾🎸 #bewhatyoumake.
Biodegradable bamboo grass picks. Q: What’s not to love? A: Nothing. 🌎❤️👍🏾🎸 #bewhatyoumake .
FROM THE BLOG: That Time I Almost Killed Us In The Bahamas
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Left lane. Drive in the left lane.
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We had our good friends from Chicago over this past weekend and we naturally reminisced about past get-togethers and vacations we’ve taken together. One was a few years ago when we, along with some other friends, decided to go all-out and rent a house in The Bahamas.
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It was a great trip. Our place was serene. Company was good. Our respective kids (we all only had one at the time) all had a blast.
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One day on that trip, Nate, Brent, and I decided we needed to go for a beer run so we jumped in the car and headed into town. We jumped into one of our rental cars and were about to pull out of our driveway with me at the wheel. I was turning right out of our driveway so I looked left, no one was coming in the right lane, so I pulled out.
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Mistake.
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We all immediately screamed.
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Every single curse word we knew.
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A car was in our lane…more accurately, we were in its lane. It was honking and coming straight at us. I swerved to the left lane just in time and continued to drive in the left lane — the proper lane while in The Bahamas.
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My heart was beating out of my chest and I recall profusely apologizing for almost widowing our wives. Holy shit. Writing this now makes me think of it and I’m still uncomfortable.
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Nate and Brent were cool about it as they admitted that we all forgot about it when we got in the car. The steering wheel was on the American side of the car so when we got in, there wasn’t a physical reminder that things were going to be backwards. We were all on hum-dee-hum automatic pilot. •
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Doing what we’ve done thousands of times in our lives without even thinking.
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Well, we arrived at the market alive. We bought our beer. I apologized around 800 more times, and we drove back to our place on the right side…er…correct side of the road which was the left side.
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We lived to tell the tale, and tell it we did…except maybe the part when we all screamed like 12 year-old girls. But you know, everything else.
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FROM THE BLOG: That Time I Almost Killed Us In The Bahamas • http://bit.ly/skelkey67 • #bewhatyoumake  • Left lane. Drive in the left lane. • We had our good friends from Chicago over this past weekend and we naturally reminisced about past get-togethers and vacations we’ve taken together. One was a few years ago when we, along with some other friends, decided to go all-out and rent a house in The Bahamas. • It was a great trip. Our place was serene. Company was good. Our respective kids (we all only had one at the time) all had a blast. • One day on that trip, Nate, Brent, and I decided we needed to go for a beer run so we jumped in the car and headed into town. We jumped into one of our rental cars and were about to pull out of our driveway with me at the wheel. I was turning right out of our driveway so I looked left, no one was coming in the right lane, so I pulled out. • Mistake. • We all immediately screamed. • Every single curse word we knew. • A car was in our lane…more accurately, we were in its lane. It was honking and coming straight at us. I swerved to the left lane just in time and continued to drive in the left lane — the proper lane while in The Bahamas. • My heart was beating out of my chest and I recall profusely apologizing for almost widowing our wives. Holy shit. Writing this now makes me think of it and I’m still uncomfortable. • Nate and Brent were cool about it as they admitted that we all forgot about it when we got in the car. The steering wheel was on the American side of the car so when we got in, there wasn’t a physical reminder that things were going to be backwards. We were all on hum-dee-hum automatic pilot. • • Doing what we’ve done thousands of times in our lives without even thinking. • Well, we arrived at the market alive. We bought our beer. I apologized around 800 more times, and we drove back to our place on the right side…er…correct side of the road which was the left side. • We lived to tell the tale, and tell it we did…except maybe the part when we all screamed like 12 year-old girls. But you know, everything else. • [Read more. Link in bio.] >>>
The good make ‘em hear it. The great make ‘em feel it. #bewhatyoumake
The good make ‘em hear it. The great make ‘em feel it. #bewhatyoumake 
The more you love music, the more music you’ll love. #bewhatyoumake
The more you love music, the more music you’ll love. #bewhatyoumake 
A huge welcome to @marklassow to the Magic Room Brand family of artists! Mark has been a steady user of the 5B bamboo drumsticks and is doing his thing in CO with @zombiehorseband. He’s good people and you should slap a heart on him. #bewhatyoumake
A huge welcome to @marklassow to the Magic Room Brand family of artists! Mark has been a steady user of the 5B bamboo drumsticks and is doing his thing in CO with @zombiehorseband. He’s good people and you should slap a heart on him. #bewhatyoumake 
Love this shot from the #highsierramusicfestival by my man @benjalament of the @cahoneydrops. ✌🏾❤️🥁 #bewhatyoumake
FROM THE BLOG: Conflict Resolution, Business, And The Kid With The Crabapple
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Getting corrected stings, but is best for the long-term.
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I was asked a few days ago about conflict resolution and my point of view on how I handle it. Conflicts, no matter what you do or where you are, happen. Some are big and some are small. Some are frequent and some rarely come up. But all that aside, they all are inevitable and can…no, wait…should be expected.
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Having not been given a specific situation, I gave a general answer that had to do with hearing people out, working to understand where they’re coming from instead of immediately developing a counterpoint and waiting for your turn to speak, and then focusing on keeping it fair — not only fair to the person who has brought up the conflict, but also fair to you, fair to others peripherally involved, and fair to whatever longer-term objective lives in whatever brought you both together in the first place (student/teacher, spouses, co-workers, etc.).
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Example: That one kid who did that one thing that one time.
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It was a few years ago and I was driving home from work after a long day. It was springtime, I think, because I remember it being nice out and it was still sunny so the days were longer and everyone was in a good mood. Just around the corner from my house, there was a school and I noticed some boys — around 10–12 years old — on the sidewalk. As I drove by, one of those rascals threw something at my car and I heard it hit and bounce off.
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Nope. Not today, buddy.
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Screeeech. I slammed my brakes and threw it in reverse. His friends were already running off. He stood there, alone and frozen, while I backed up and rolled my window down.
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I knew all he did was throw a little crabapple at me and God knows that I’ve done that — and even dumber shit — in my day, but this kid needed some straightening out. By the time I backed up, a teacher was already letting him have it. They both slowly looked at me and waited for me to say something.
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FROM THE BLOG: Conflict Resolution, Business, And The Kid With The Crabapple • http://bit.ly/skelkey66 • #bewhatyoumake  • Getting corrected stings, but is best for the long-term. • I was asked a few days ago about conflict resolution and my point of view on how I handle it. Conflicts, no matter what you do or where you are, happen. Some are big and some are small. Some are frequent and some rarely come up. But all that aside, they all are inevitable and can…no, wait…should be expected. • Having not been given a specific situation, I gave a general answer that had to do with hearing people out, working to understand where they’re coming from instead of immediately developing a counterpoint and waiting for your turn to speak, and then focusing on keeping it fair — not only fair to the person who has brought up the conflict, but also fair to you, fair to others peripherally involved, and fair to whatever longer-term objective lives in whatever brought you both together in the first place (student/teacher, spouses, co-workers, etc.). • Example: That one kid who did that one thing that one time. • It was a few years ago and I was driving home from work after a long day. It was springtime, I think, because I remember it being nice out and it was still sunny so the days were longer and everyone was in a good mood. Just around the corner from my house, there was a school and I noticed some boys — around 10–12 years old — on the sidewalk. As I drove by, one of those rascals threw something at my car and I heard it hit and bounce off. • Nope. Not today, buddy. • Screeeech. I slammed my brakes and threw it in reverse. His friends were already running off. He stood there, alone and frozen, while I backed up and rolled my window down. • I knew all he did was throw a little crabapple at me and God knows that I’ve done that — and even dumber shit — in my day, but this kid needed some straightening out. By the time I backed up, a teacher was already letting him have it. They both slowly looked at me and waited for me to say something. • [Read more. Link in bio.] >>>
Hand-delivering gear to @jellisstl today. Thanks, man! 👊🏾 #bewhatyoumake
Hand-delivering gear to @jellisstl today. Thanks, man! 👊🏾 #bewhatyoumake 
Don’t hide behind your gear! Bamboo drumsticks and guitar picks let you play your instrument, not your accessories. #bewhatyoumake
Don’t hide behind your gear! Bamboo drumsticks and guitar picks let you play your instrument, not your accessories. #bewhatyoumake 
Eco-friendly music gear off to their new homes in TX, MO, CO, IN, AL, IL, MD, WA, AZ, and RI. They grow up so fast. #bewhatyoumake
Eco-friendly music gear off to their new homes in TX, MO, CO, IN, AL, IL, MD, WA, AZ, and RI. They grow up so fast. #bewhatyoumake