This project came about when I discovered that I could make surprisingly good videos with my MacBook G3 and a decent external stereo mic. At first I was only going to record some original grooves for my own enjoyment, but then it developed into a more organized and complete pro- ject. I had yet to do a follow-up to my Funk Drumming book/CD, and now that it was fairly easy for me to record video along with audio, I felt the time was right.
I was in southern France for the summer and had access to a small stone house called a bergerie or cabanon, on the side of a mountain, where a shepherd might stay for a while to get out of the rain, far away from the main farmhouse...in other words, the perfect place for a drummer! No neighbors above, no neighbors below, no neighbors anywhere nearby. The first video clip and the photos throughout the book give an idea of the location.
There was no electricity, but I didn’t need it. If I was careful, the computer’s battery had plenty of power for each day’s work.