370 Chapters
Medium 9781855209718

Chapter 8 - Brake System

PR Pub PR Pub Brooklands Books ePub
Medium 9781855209701

Chapter 7: Transmissions

Greg Hudock Brooklands Books ePub
Medium 9781770906730

2: TALKING DRUMS IN DEATH VALLEY

Neil Peart ECW Press ePub

TALKING DRUMS IN DEATH VALLEY

FEBRUARY 2011

THE SETTING OF THE OPENING PHOTOGRAPH is Death Valley National Park, California, near the site called Natural Bridge. The snow-topped Panamint Mountains form the backdrop, while I am gesticulating and (no doubt) pontificating in the middle, surrounded by the people and cameras of the Hudson Music crew. The subject of my little speech was drumming—specifically, drumming in front of an audience.

So that explains the title, but suggests a number of other questions. Starting with, I suppose, “Um … why?”

Well, it started in 1995, when I made an instructional video about composing drum parts and recording them, called A Work in Progress. My collaborators on that project were Paul Siegel and Rob Wallis, and we had enjoyed working together, sharing our ideas and realizing them on film. Paul and Rob were both drummers who had gravitated to the educational side, founding the Drummer’s Collective in New York City, then later Hudson Music, to make instructional DVDs. They were around the same age as my bandmates and me, and likewise had enjoyed a long, productive partnership of close to the same duration, so we understood one another.

See All Chapters
Medium 9781770906730

8: THE BETTER ANGELS

Neil Peart ECW Press ePub

Deep in West Dakota

THE BETTER ANGELS

OCTOBER 2012

THIS CLASSIC ARCHETYPE of the American West—lone rider traversing badlands, bison, cottonwoods, and sage—was captured in Theodore Roosevelt National Park, in Western North Dakota, early on the morning of Tuesday, September 25, 2012.

The notion of “West Dakota” has humorous resonance for frequent co-adventurer Brutus and me. In our collaborative building of Bubba’s Bar ’n’ Grill, the cooking department on my website, we wanted a quirky name for the location of Brutus’s branch of Bubba’s test kitchens. We combined a disparaging nickname for his hometown of Calgary and an invented Western state to create “Cowfart, West Dakota.”

Later we actually received a few grumbling messages from people demanding to know the exact location of Bubba’s Bar ’n’ Grill, so they could visit it. Given the place’s “virtuality,” the only possible answer is that Bubba’s Bar ’n’ Grill is everywhere (which perhaps explains the person who wrote to thank us for a great time there). At least one couple wanted to be married at Bubba’s, and another frustrated seeker claimed, “I found West Dakota, but I can’t find Cowfart.” To which the only possible response is “?”

See All Chapters
Medium 9781574412383

“Tales of the Rails”

Kenneth L. Untiedt, editor University of North Texas Press PDF

TALES OF THE RAILS by Charlie Oden

[These tales of the rails come from the T&NO (SP) Railroad.

Friends told some of them to me. The rest are from personal knowledge.—Oden]

WE’RE ON FIRE!

252 miles in 252 minutes. That was the schedule of the Sunbeams,

No. 13 and No. 14, when the Southern Pacific Railroad began running streamlined passenger trains between Dallas and Houston in 1936. The streamlined cars were swank, uptown. The coaches had comfortable seats instead of the old padded benches. There was a dining car with real white linen tablecloths and napkins. Passengers enjoyed dining from quality crystal, china, and a real silver service that had silver coffeepots. Chefs in tall white caps prepared the food and waiters in white jackets served it.

Passengers rode in comfort in a big windowed observation car and watched the cars on the highways and cattle in pastures.

Romances bloomed there during the 252-minute travel time in

World War II. The door was located right over the wheels, and when the door opened, passengers heard the busy clickety clack of wheels on rail joints.

See All Chapters

See All Chapters