Wednesday, April 06, 2011

Peace and Love, Peace and Love

Ringo Starr has a big heart. He recently gave a drum set to a 17 year old brain cancer survivor.

This from

The former Beatles star met with 17-year-old Alexx Kipp -- who also suffers from Tourette's Syndrome -- at the Los Angeles' Hard Rock Cafe as part of a new partnership between the restaurant chain and the Make-A-Wish Foundation last week and gave Alexx a black and white set of Ludwig drums, before playing on the kit with him.
Alexx - who has been playing drums since he was eight -- had wanted to meet Ringo for several years, and last year his family approached the charity to try and grant him his wish.
His father Charles Kipp said: "Alexx came to me one morning and he said, 'Dad, I had a dream last night and I met Ringo.'
"This was before we knew it was going to happen. About a week later we got the call. I told him, 'It looks like your dream came true.'"
Alexx's next goal is to learn the Beatles hit 'I Am The Walrus' and he was given some advice by Ringo.
According to the Los Angeles Times newspaper, Ringo told him: "I get the easy bit. I come, I say hi, we hang out, we have a bit of fun.
"In the band I was in, we knew when we'd done the take, because it just feels good. It's like golf: When you hit that ball right, you know. You feel it - you feel the connection. And connecting is good."
The musical legend also spoke about his ongoing involvement with the Make-A-Wish Foundation - who accept requests from children with life-threatening illnesses and try and make them happen - admitting it gives him a different perspective on life.
He said: "It's huge. It puts you in your place. You think you've got a cold - you're all, 'Oh, what about me?' Then you help these kids. You think of the families. I've got children too, and it's got to be hard."
Ringo has designed a T-shirt which will be sold throughout Hard Rock International locations, with proceeds benefiting his Lotus Foundation, which directly supports Make-A-Wish. 

Ringo, you rock. And thank the higher powers that there is a 17 year old out there who worships RINGO STARR. How massively cool is that?
As you can tell, lately, albeit sporadically, I've been focused on the kids, early or pre- teen kids who must have hip or nostalgic parents, teachers or older siblings who are spotlighting ROCK, and shining that light in one ear and not out of the other.
I have laboriously picked on the robotic processed dreck that overwhelms the aural sensations of anyone within earshot of an earbud.  Especially the small screen obsessed youth, who because of the drive of big tech business and a failing recording industry, get half ass, non nurtured, cheaply produced artists served to them via bad music and worse television.

I will continue to look for the bright spots. Maybe start a crusade of sorts. Paul Green and his School of Rock is certainly a touchstone for educating and influencing kids about the real bright spots of rock. Keeping music and art programs in our school systems as important to parents as football and cheerleading. And fighting for their survival within the curiculums of schools everywhere. Art and music programs in large cities like New York and Philadelphia are being drastically cut....RIGHT NOW, people.

Get out there and do something....NOW. Write your congressmen (before Friday, when the government will supposedly shut down) When it matters is NOW.. most importantly for kids .in the wheelhouse of those critical years between 10-17....maybe it's earlier now, since the age of the ipod and American Idol. 

Let's do it for the kids.


  1. Modest and self-effacing Ringo is nothing less than the father (grandfather) of modern-rock drumming.

    Quite a good guy on top of that, too.

    I have never understood why people have knocked him or his playing. He wasn't flashy like Moon nor was he technical in the manner of a Buddy Rich, but he definitely created a style entirely his own, which has been copied endlessly over the years.

  2. And he provided a great back beat for the other Beatles. I always thought he was underrated. Thanks Seano for the post.