A conclusion to the summer of 2013

Hey guys long time no talk,

Well summer’s just about at its end right now, as I go back to school at Las Positas College in 2 days. I’m excited to continue my studies, although I’d like to do a quick recap of the things I did over my summer (all of which I’ve yet to mention in previous posts) before school begins.

I’ll start my recapitulation with my musical endeavors; I played with two shows with two different musical groups. The first show was in Oakland with a metal band called Diatomic. The music was kinda tough to learn because of the fast tempos and many quick time changes. The gig itself went alright; a few flubs here and there, but it was quite solid. The other group I played with was of the progressive rock genre, which was called Orpheus. I really enjoyed learning these songs because I was allowed a sizable amount of creativity with the drumming, and there was a lot of happy, melodious grooves I got to play. I played with Orpheus in Livermore at an event called Jupiter Sunrise, which was hosted at someone’s house with quite a large gathering. There was someone taking pictures, so I’ll see if I can get some for you guys to gawk at soon haha.

On a non-musical note, I began volunteering with autistic children this summer in Dublin. The organization that I volunteer for is called Creative Autism Solutions Team, and it’s run by some of the kindest and loving people I’ve ever met. This whole experience was extremely eye-opening in too many different ways to list. I loved it so much that I’m going to continue volunteering during my school year as best I can while managing classes, homework, teaching drums, and my personal music. One of the greatest parts about this was that this was the first time I’d ever REALLY volunteered, by my own will and not because I was forced to. My main goal with volunteering was just to be productive over the summer, but as one might guess, I was affected much deeper than that. And if anyone from the Bay Area knows autistic children who need a daycare, I strongly recommend C.A.S.T.!

I’m glad to say that I thoroughly enjoyed this summer. I was able to make and write music, help kids with disabilities, see family and friends, and finally start learning guitar from my dad! Overall I’d say it was quite the positive experience.

Well that’s all for now. I hope everyone else had just as good a summer as I did!!

– Ryan Clark