Paulo Almeida

Paulo Almeida, drummer/percussionist, arranger, composer

Drummer/percussionist, composer and arranger of multiple music genres.

It's just stuff

I’ve been interested in watching videos about the obsession with stuff. We all suffer from it. Myself included. Could just be a result of living the American life. Being in a place where we are subject to 10,000 advertisements every day. Even just being out an about and noticing the decal on a car, that’s an advertisement. Buying more and more stuff seems to be a way that Americans think they can be happy. Then you get that stuff and the specialness of it dies away. What then? After that, it seems like it’s not so special.

I’m thankful for the place I’ve gotten to in the last couple years. I just decided that I wasn’t going to buy anymore. Sure, I did get a couple new pairs of shoes for work since my day job is so much about walking around all the time (I once logged in 14,000 steps in a single shift and I assume that’s an average) but other than that, I’m thankful that I’ve got into a minimalist standpoint where I’m getting rid of stuff a little at a time, but more importantly, not constantly adding to it.

I hear a lot about people wanting to do something for themselves, where they want time to themselves, so they go shopping. IT’S JUST MORE STUFF! As a drummer, this would be very easy for me to do if I just decide I’m not happy with my setup anymore or want to add some tasty little new thing to it….. A new cymbal, new heads, a new snare drum, a new mic, blah blah blah. I’m more interested in just being a better musician/drummer. That’s something that doesn’t cost me anything to invest in other than time. I don’t need more stuff! I need more time and motivation to sit at the drum kit to just get better anyway.