Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Seattle's Second Most Adorable Drummer and Shine Music Project Have a Gift for the World: Drums and Monkeys Are Most Definitely Involved

As many loyal Xanaland followers know, myself and some close friends including Lori Anderson and Tony Taylor, have been working over a year on starting a project that would support the donation of musical instruments to kids that cannot afford them or have instruments that are in need of repair.  Eventually we would like to own and operate a School of Rock franchise in West Seattle. 

For the last year we have been photographing, filming, documenting, promoting through social media and blogging as many local musicians as we can. To date our youtube channel has over 300 videos shot by yours truly, and this here little website boasts over 400 subscribers and 80, 000 views in less than a year. We pride ourselves on our diverse taste, and ability to reach out to music lovers all over the world and share what we see and hear here in Seattle, sometimes daily, if not weekly with our documentation of the great Northwest's unmatched music scene which includes live streaming that can be viewed right here on Xanaland for free almost every weekend.

One of our very favorite singers/ songwriters and fellow half ass monkey boy is Johndus Beckman. His primary band is The Mothership. Every single member of the band possesses their own special talent, and each one has their own style. They are one of a few special bands that will soon be archived in our historic Grunge Story Teller blog, and will be performing in our live unplugged shows this winter and next spring which all of Seattle and grunge fans here and abroad are anxiously awaiting for, and they are days away from putting the finishing touches on their 3rd album. 

Johndus Beckman of The Mothership

Besides having one of the best singers with a voice of an angel, they are also lucky enough to have in their company Seattle's 2nd Most Adorable Drummer, Fact...Not Opinion...Mr. Will Andrews. You can try to argue with us if you want, but in Xanaland were sort of like the mafia, even when were wrong, were right! Besides, you will probably agree...
Unfortunately I have been getting bamboozled by youtube lately and my video links have not all been uploading onto my blogs, but here is the link, go on it! 

What did I say...adorable, que no? 

Johndus Beckman and Will Andrews of The Mothership

Luckily for us and the general generous nature of Capricorns, Will has been so kind as to offer to help facilitate the giving away of these drums! As an employee of American Music, he meets lots of kids who want to learn, so there's that and there's social  media at our fingertips! Lets give these drums away! 

 By the way,They were given to us by another loyal Xanaland friend, the one and only, lovely Annmarie Champness. 

Sancho having fun on the drums

Here is our staff drum tester Tony playing around on them, as you can see the set is not complete, but we are actively seeking the few missing pieces and they are otherwise ready to give away! 

If you have a kid who is serious about learning to play drums, has a place to play them right now, and are in the greater Seattle area, please leave us a message here on Xanaland or in the comments, and one of our staff members will get back to you. Will also teaches drumming, and to contact him and/ or The Mothership  go to the link below, and remember to support local music, even if it's just offering your time to teach a drum lesson or share a song by a new singer, there's much inspiration that comes from other musicians and artist giving back to the community! 

 Contact The Mothership and Will Andrews:

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