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05/23/2016

Mike Collins: Breaking Out Of the Comfort Zone - audio

By INESSA // He talks with Inessa about the Bowie connection.

f there’s one thing Mike Collins is a capable of? Putting the world into a tail-spin. His own world. Our world. But he offers perspective while the center seemingly cannot hold. And perspective is what I hoped for from Mike. Not sure if I would get it. During this worst year of loss in recorded music history, beginning with David Bowie, and most recently Guy Clark, we finally reconnected recently.  Long after our initial meeting during Mike’s Throwback Suburbia era.  Much to talk about, not to mention that Bowie connection and how it figures into a new album for Metts, Ryan & Collins.

 REINVENTIONS, MEDITATIONS, AND GUILTY PLEASURES

It might be the universe is trying to tell me something, when I keep hearing the same messages. Most recently? A need to break out of the everyday and put oneself into unfamiliar territory and places. As a way to grow. “Break on through to the other side”,  as the song goes. So there’s that.  But also, recently I keeping running into drummers in the course of my life and have the opportunity to  dig into what he/she are all about. And in the case of Mike Collins, there’s the songwriter aspect as well. Bonus synchronicity.

CONTEMPLATING LOVE, LOSS, AND THE CREATIVE LIFE

This is a world of Facebook. Mike and I reconnected in that public square after our beloved icon stepped off the planet. We had that love and loss in common. But it turns out, there’s much more.

PUTTING IT ALL TOGETHER

FEELING AT HOME BEHIND THE DRUMS. IN ANYBODY’S HOME

My takeaway? Learning the delicate difference between a snare and a cymbal. Hey! I don’t play our drum set. I only dust it as needed.

Metts, Ryan & Collins. More HERE.

Read more of Inessa's fine work at the Inessa Blog.

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Kevin Sands

Great listen! I really want to come see ya play Mike.

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