Ken Hada

Thoughts of Murray Spivack

When I studied with Murray he was in his late 80's. I was his last student of the day on fridays so it was my job to drive him to Farmers Market get some corned beef and cabbage then go to his apartment and dine with him. During our meals together we would talk about all the famous drummers he had taught, he talked about their skill levels temperament etc. Since I had a personal interest in sound engineering I would pick his brain about his audio career. Murray would talk about which mic Julie Andrews or Barbra Streisand preferred.

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Chuck Flores 11-24-2016

When I play the drums my teachers influence "sound" out of my hands and feet. Greg Perry, Kenny Peters, Roy Burns, Roy Mcurdy, Rick Latham, Chad Wackerman, Murray Spivack, and Chuck Flores. Im so sad to hear that drummer Chuck Flores passed away yesterday. I studied drumset coordination with Chuck Flores back in the 1990's at his house. His studies made a huge difference in my overall coordination on the drum set. And he was a really decent and generous person.

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Vans Pro Skatepark Series 2016

Vans Park Series skateboard contest Nora Vascocellos
Vans Park Series skateboard contest Hana Zanzi

An amazing thing happened in the Vans Pro Skatepark Series held in Huntington Beach. A skateboarder named Hanna Zanzi (a skater who quit for 5 years and has only been skating for 1 year) came to this competition with very little support from skateboard sponsors and yet she somehow managed to turned the contest upside down. Every detail of Hanna Zannzi's skateboarding was out of the box and spontaneous. About third of the way through the competition she locked up the with win by scoring so high no other girl could touch her.

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Garry Marshall

Robert Peters, Rob Morrow, Bob Saget, John Stamos, Garry Marshall candid photo

This candid photo was taken at John Stamos house in Beverly Hills about 3 years ago. I was sitting by John's pool eating some BBQ when Garry came to sit next to me. Later on John came over and suggested we take a group picture. I had a paparazzi style rig Garry saw the camera and said in that Garry Marshall voice "he must me good because thats a real camera". Garry's work was a part of my childhood, and so I will miss seeing him at John Stamos get togethers.

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Evernote verses Mac Notes

It looked so easy, I remember watching the Evernote video about how you could collect all of this information and do things like write term papers. I have been using Evernote for many years and even tried the term paper thing. It wasn't as easy as they make it look. Eventually Evernote became a thing I would use if I was out of notebook paper in a class or if I needed to write down a shopping list. So when Evernote announced they are only allowing free usage via two devices I decided to look around at other options. For me Evernote is not worth the price they are asking for usage.

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Julia Fox PTSD The Void, Los Angeles, photography show

Julia Fox PTSD  The Void, Los Angeles, photography  show

Julia Fox was exhibting some of her photography from the book PTSD (Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder) at the Void In Los Angeles yesterday. I was fortunate to talk to her and take a few pictures of her. We talked about relationships, college, the internet, and her photographs. I asked her how long of a time span the images in PTSD represented? She said it was 6 months. I was surprised that all of that living took place in just 6 months. The images in the book PTSD make me feel like I was right there as Julia is living this fast paced life. These are very candid and at times intimate images. Because of the candid quality of the images, I wondered how some of the shots were made? I didn't think to her about this but, maybe she uses the camera as a tool to freeze time and retain some level of control in dramatic moments? However these images were made the book really made me feel like I had glimpsed into this moment of time that she decided to share with everyone. These images really made me think about this rare and amazing life we all share, and in this world of connectivity there was something about holding this book and meeting her that would not have been the same over a wire. So if you would like to be swept away into a beautiful toxic whirlwind this book will take you there.

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Bunny Brunel and Stanley Clarke home studio

Bunny Brunel and Stanley Clarke home studio

I shot this picture of the great Bunny Brunel and Stanley Clarke at Stanleys home studio back in 2003. I remember driving to Stanleys house with Bunny Brunel. I had never been to this particular neighborhood in Topanga. The moment we turned onto the road that led to Stanleys house it felt as if we stepped back in time to the 1960's. A simple two lane road led us up the hill. I even saw a family of hippies walking down the road. They were barefoot an looked like they had just jumped off of a Led Zeppelin record cover. After we passed the hippies I asked myself if I really saw that. In very little time we had arrived, I stepped foot onto Stanleys property and I could hear drumming. As we walked towards the studio the drumming got louder and louder. Open the studio door and there was Stanley Clarke playing a jazz drum kit. He was wearing headphones jamming to some jazz. He had this wonderful energy behind his drumming. Sort of a a beautiful relentless push in his time. When he noticed we had arrived he took his headphones off and said hello. Bunny was surprised to see him playing the drums, Stanley said he enjoyed the drums and that it also kept his timing sound. I setup some gear and shot few pictures of the two. Being a musician myself I cannot express how import these two are to the world of music. And yes I was nervous and yes I messed up a bunch of photos.

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