The minute my dad dusted off his old Slingerland kit from the attic and set it up I was hooked! I was 7 years old and felt right at home behind the kit. I have always loved dancing and music so right away the drums felt like my outlet. I have struggled with anxiety since I was just a little girl but I always felt like drumming was a great release. Unfortunately, I just tinkered on the drums here and there and never could find my place or feel comfortable playing with other musicians or in front of a crowd. It’s funny that the thing that helped release my anxiety also created more when it came to my confidence level. The constant self talk that I wasn’t good enough or the anxiety I would get from performing in front of a crowd held me back. Finally, after having my second child (who is also sitting behind me in my video) I decided to join a band at a music school. I learned a ton musically from these other skilled musicians but most of all I relaxed and allowed myself to enjoy playing and have fun just like I did at home. That band dissolved over time and I started another band with all female musicians. I wanted to further pursue this and keep growing. I was then asked to play with another gigging band and after playing gigs at small venues I was hooked! I started to really want to dive into drumming, reading music, learning grooves and fills and that’s when I started my lessons with Rick Stojak. He has been an amazing instructor as far as learning grooves and applying them to various songs. He has also taught me an insane amount about my equipment and getting the best sound quality! I am still trying to find my niche for genres but I picked this song because it makes me want to dance and it energizes me on the kit. I find that songs I sing to in the car or dance to automatically are the ones that I really enjoy playing. I also felt like the lyrics describe the turning point I am coming to as a drummer… it’s about damn time! I’m playing several different genres in my current cover band but I do truly enjoy playing funk, pop, and rock grooves. As a mom of 2 young boys, I am trying to balance my time as best as I can but I have made a commitment to myself that I would like to put the work in to learn as much as I can. I was able to attend Sisters on the Drums camp in November and immerse myself in music for a weekend. I gained an incredible amount of knowledge that weekend but more importantly I met some great like minded women. Hearing the instructors stories and listening to them play at such a high level was inspiring. They said, “You can do this too. You just put the time in” and that lit a fire in me. I was on the verge on throwing in the towel recently because it seems the more you learn, the more you don’t know. I’ve decided to stop focusing on how far I have to go but to enjoy the journey and have fun!