Gift

Gift

For the fourth or fifth time in my life I received a gift that totally surprised me because I wanted it so badly. I was given this beautiful all brass A&F Snare drum. This drum is the creation of Ramy Antoun (former drummer for Seal and Blackeyed Peas producer) and Steve Furnicitti (master drum builder). These guys make some incredible sounding drums! A while back word got out that they would be releasing 100 of these brass snare drums and immediately I started thinking about how I could get my hand on one. Surprisingly A&F snare drum #26 was sent to me this week by my good friend Josh Lopez (www.joshlopez.org). Josh is a very gifted artist and songwriter who I've known and played drums for well over 15 years. Josh mentioned a few weeks ago that he got a gift for me. I was floored when the Fed Ex driver delivered. Here's a quick video of me playing my new Snare: ...
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Making Music Today

At every turn, our world seems to be getting bigger, growing both in population and size; cities and towns are expanding, new infrastructures and forms of transportation are connecting rural areas to suburbs and cities. New discoveries are being made that broaden our perspective of the world and how vast we think it is. Yet for as big as we are and will continue to be, we are conversely smaller than we have ever been. This may seem oxymoronic, to be a big world and concurrently small, but technology makes this possible. We can log into social media and build up networks with people across the world, people who have expertise in a variety of things we may share an interest in. This instant connection is exciting because it allows us to grow, learn, and add to both our professional and personal networks. There are some careers which may seem to demand in-person contact, such as filmmaking, writing, and music....
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How I got my start in music

How I got my start in music

I've been involved in music since I was 5 years old. I remember the day I started singing in my Family Gospel group, 'The Meekins Family'. It was the fall of 1986, My Mom was booked for a singing engagement and my Dad accompanied her on Piano. Normally my brother and I would sit in the church pews drawing pictures in the church bulletin, or making fun of the old church deacons. This day was different. I knew there was something I had to do! Prior to my Mom's singing engagements she would drive around with the music (Shirley Caesar) blasting through the car stereo. Listen to a song, rewind the tape and repeat. This is how she learned the songs that she was going to sing (remember it's the 80's). My brother and I would be in the backseat learning the song right along with her. Sooo..we're at my Mom's singing engagement at the church and I notice she's singing the song and my Dad is playing the...
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Hello World!

My name is Jason Meekins and I am a full-time Musician from Austin, TX. I am the drummer for a wedding band called Blind Date, I also have the privilege of playing drums at Community Bible Church each Sunday in San Antonio, TX. Aside from that, I am also a studio session drummer. I own a studio where I record Drum Tracks and program drums for artists, producers, and production companies all over the world. I play Pearl Drums and I endorse Paiste Cymbals. Each day is a blessing in my eyes! Stay tuned as I will be sharing my thought, goals, and recording experiences!...
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