Bobby's Open Road

  • INTERVIEWED BY:

    Team Crossroads

BOBBY THOMAS JR

Percussionist

“Don't entertain 'if.' Get that out of your vocabulary. Don't entertain 'fear.' If you put that thought in your mind, it's gonna manifest. Tell yourself, 'No more if; when.”

INTERESTS:

Art Music

THEMES DISCUSSED:

Fear Desire Planning Determination Chance Doubt Experience Individualism Societal Pressures Goals Passion Values Opportunity Risk

FOUNDATION:

Being Creative

BIOGRAPHY:

  • Came home from school everyday to his mother singing along to American Bandstand-first introduction to music.
  • Then he saw the Florida A&M marching band; "Everything was so fast and perfect...wow, I wanna play like that."
  • His father took a job at a Jewish temple; now he was hearing cantillations, added on to his rock and drumming influences.
  • A friend introduced him to Ray Charles' drummer, Billy Peeples, who taught him swing, bebop drumming.
  • Transferred his knowledge into his preferred method of hand drumming; innovated, popularized hand drumming.
  • Says, "make yourself a priority"-if you get excited by something, you obviously love doing it, should pursue it.
  • Make time for all of your hobbies and passions; like "the head of a corporation," make time and get them done.

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