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Bring It On!

Posted on: March 31st, 2013 by julianne

Wow!  It’s April, the month of my birthday.  I used to dread this month.  It meant that I was growing older (to me, a fate worse than death!).  And the date that I was born?  Well, that didn’t help either.  April thirteenth.  Thirteen.  Uh, isn’t that the number that they purposely leave off of elevators?  Yeah, I think you can tell that April was not my favorite time of the year.

But all that’s changed since I’ve started working with Experience Drums.  This year, “April’s Child” is feeling blessed and on fire!  Somehow, the work that we’re doing at Ex D has me celebrating life.  Why? I guess if I had to put it into words, the work I do  helps me see new things about the world… and myself.

I have seen the pleasure that Evan and I have brought to schools, music stores and charity events.  I have witnessed community being created right before my eyes.  Adults, kids, parents, players, teachers, and of course…me, April’s Child, all becoming part of one large event, one fantastic moment, one glorious beat!  These moments can’t help but change you.  They certainly have changed me.

I’m done complaining about April thirteenth.  In fact, I’m done complaining, period!  I’ve decided to face the challenges that April and all the other months throw my way.

My new motto is “Bring it on!

When I’m faced with thinking about my age, I’m going to cry out, “Bring it on!”

When I’m faced with an impossible deadline (and knowing Evan, that’s usually the case!), I’ll yell out, “Bring it on!”

When I’m faced with some task that’s out of my comfort zone, I’ll shout out, “Bring it on!”

I really love what I do.  It’s shaping who I am.  Ex D is giving confidence, faith and encouragement to so many people.  It’s giving it to me too!

So, I’m singing a new tune. It’s called Happy Birthday.  When I hear its melody, it makes me want to embrace every God-given moment.  And it reminds me that I am here to help others.  I just hope Evan has some ear protection because on my actual birthday I’ll be beating the drums to my new song and joyfully singing “Bring it on!”  But he won’t mind. Knowing him, he’ll be playing and singing along with it too!

Happy April – really!


The Girl Behind the Scenes

Posted on: March 1st, 2013 by julianne

I am so grateful that February is  over. Sure, it’s fun being busy. However, the short month of February made communication really difficult. Deadlines got rushed, and every week really counts as we try to provide new content for the site.  It’s a good thing Evan and I have three things going for us: telepathy, emails, and cell phones. Lately, I’ve been thinking about how we get things done at Experience Drums, and I think I’ve come up with an answer.  Experience Drums needs a Girl Behind the Scenes.

You see, Evan and I are total opposites.  He is the calm and collected one. And me? I’m the nervous, lovable lunatic! Sometimes it’s kind of funny. Evan will calmly ask me to do the impossible.  And then he’ll calmly tell me that it’s due tomorrow! Thanks Evan for calmly blowing my planned day into an all-day excursion to God-knows-where. 

Eventually the confusion in my head settles and The Girl Behind the Scenes comes to life. I mentioned that Evan is calm. But collected? Honestly, I have to take that back.  He’s as collected as pocket with a hole in it! That’s okay. That’s my job. I take the missing details and help bring the dreams of EX D to life. How? Through phone calls, emails, and by harassing Evan for information that will bring his ideas to others.

A girl behind the scenes is important to any organization. She’s the one who pays attention to the details. She’s the one who pays attention to the deadlines. She sets things up.  And she often breaks things down so that the people in front of the curtain can be the best the can be.

Sometimes I want to step out from behind the scenes. Sometimes I want to be at those events that Evan performs at. I want to see the communities that Ex D is helping instead of just hearing about it. I’ve been thinking about striking a balance between my need to be organized and my desire to trust the systems that are in place. And you know what?  I can trust that the girl behind the scenes put them there!

We all have our strengths. I know that I can keep the trains running behind the scenes. I’m proud of that. But now I realize that I’m really a part of the action. I don’t just make things happen for Evan. I make things happen with him!Hey, I’ve got an idea. This goes out to anyone who feels that they’re only in the background. Never feel that you’re not important. Truth be told, it doesn’t really matter if you’re in front of the curtain or behind it. You’re on the stage.  And that’s what counts.