Posted on June 8th, 2015 | by Leslie

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Day 8/27 – Dave Toms

Let’s start with the drummer.  Because not enough people start with the drummer.  And Dave Toms is such a drummer.

In fact Dave is most people’s drummer.  I’ve never been able to keep track of all the bands and projects he’s been in over the years, but they currently include two of our local favourites, Whiskey Epiphany and GCDC.  From jug band and Celtic Trad to metal, rock and funk, he’s got it covered.

He’s a lover of mathematical patterns – another reason we get along so well – and a lyric-laden philosopher.  He’s a man of the world who rarely makes it drumming through a show without taking off his shirt, but that’s the kind of guy he is: he’ll literally give you the shirt off his back.

I’ve been writing songs for 25 years now, almost always on the piano.  The piano is half percussion, half melody, and I tend to treat the lower octaves as a bass’n’drum kit.  Playing with Dave, developing songs with him, has deepened not only my love for the rhythm and pulse of music but has changed the way I listen, the way I count and construct, and the way I compose.

Dave, it’s been a galactic trek of triangular proportions.  The beat is the heart and soul of the songs I write, even when those beats are silence.  I’m so thrilled to be creating with you, a man who worships at the same cathedral of sound as I do.  Welcome back, my friend.  For all you bring-and-then-some, thank you.

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