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The Holy Ghost Notes Podcast
61 minutes | Nov 25, 2022
89: Brace For Impact (How You Hit + Make A Change)
On episode eighty nine of Holy Ghost Notes, Matt records while on a bus driving down a highway in Hungry on his way to Budapest. He shares about the current European tour, the new single, 'Ancestry', and ABR's upcoming album release. Tim and Matt then discuss how the way you hit your drums is important and can, at times, be negatively impacted by the circumstances around you. The guys also talk about how making a positive change is something you shouldn't push off and how being open-minded and vulnerable can help.
73 minutes | Nov 10, 2022
88: For Clare (Carving Your Own Way + Grief)
On episode eighty eight of Holy Ghost Notes, Matt and Tim share stories and remember their friend, student, and Inner Circle community member, Clare Raiguel, who unexpectedly passed away recently. They start with a topic inspired by Clare, ‘carving your own way’, and discuss how being yourself and playing to your strengths can give you an advantage. Then the guys talk about grief, how to process and deal with it, and ultimately, why it’s so important. This episode is dedicated to Clare. You are loved and will be greatly missed.
67 minutes | Oct 25, 2022
87: Matt Garstka
On episode eighty seven of Holy Ghost Notes, Matt and Tim are joined by drumming legend, Matt Garstka of Animals as Leaders. Matt shares about his time at Berkeley, his practice vigor, his high-pressure upbringing, and his workout routine. He also speaks on practicing living in the moment and staying out of your own head, and opens up about his faith journey.
88 minutes | Oct 10, 2022
86: Dallas Taylor
On episode eighty six of Holy Ghost Notes, Matt and Tim invite Dallas Taylor (frontman of Maylene and the Sons of Disaster, ex. Underoath) after bringing him up in a recent episode. Dallas talks about his life threatening accident and the long road of recovery he’s been on, but also the perspective he’s gained along the way. He continues to share his thoughts and emotions as he looks ahead towards his first performance since the accident. Between the laughs, the chills, the surprises, and a role in Joe Dirt 2, Dallas bears his soul, and we all get to hang on for the ride.
75 minutes | Sep 25, 2022
85: Where Credit Is Due (5 Ways To Improve Your Drumming + Pride)
On episode eighty five of Holy Ghost Notes, Matt and Tim go down a rabbit hole about radio. Then they refocus and get into their drum topic; speaking on five ways (and then some) to improve your drumming, where they each take turns listing tactics that they feel are important when it comes to advancing as a drummer. In concluding the drum topic, the guys enter into their faith topic of pride and explore the gray area between confidence and arrogance. They quickly discover that there’s a lot more to pride than it simply “coming before a fall”.
83 minutes | Sep 10, 2022
84: The Hard Reset (Overthinking + Comparison)
On episode eighty four, the guys get off to a goofy start, Tim provides a solution for forgetting passwords, and the guys jump right into their drum topic; “overthinking". Tim takes it in a slightly different direction than Matt was envisioning and tries to sing like Tom Delonge. Matt kicks off the topic of “comparison” which leads them down a path of talking about motives, leadership, and a slew of other winding thought.
84 minutes | Aug 25, 2022
83: Horsing Around Can Help (Balance + Feeling Defeated)
On episode eighty three of Holy Ghost Notes, Tim catches Matt off guard right from the start and they proceed to talk a little about being task oriented vs. time efficient in light of Tim's schedule. Matt shares a story of enlightenment while on the back of a horse, which dovetails into their drum topic, "Balance on the kit". Tim kicks off the next topic, "Feeling defeated" and opens up about what's been happening in his life and some weaknesses that he's recognizing in himself. The guys go on to discuss how to best prepare for and overcome the feeling of defeat in everyday life.
73 minutes | Aug 10, 2022
82: Love Lens (Branding Yourself + Maybe I’m Sick)
On episode eighty two of Holy Ghost Notes, Matt talks about tour heat and tour ice baths as the guys go on a tangent about sweaty palms and dropping sticks. Matt is apprehensive about the drum topic, but takes a stab at kicking off the thought provoking conversion around “branding yourself as a drummer”. The guys transition into yet another topic that Matt isn’t excited to tackle, and Tim shares of a recent humbling conviction leading to a deep and honest conversation around recognizing our imperfection and being open to receiving help.
67 minutes | Jul 25, 2022
81: Dango Cellan
On episode eighty one of Holy Ghost Notes, Matt talks about the current ABR tour and how touring has differed as a newlywed. Then the guys bring on guest, Dango Cellan (drummer for Scott Stapp of Creed, Amber Pacific, Sonic Flood and formerly of RED, SuperChick, Fireflight, and more). Dango shares about what a day in his life looks like, and gives some advice to drummers/musicians looking to pursue a career in music. The guys also talk about the importance of the Church, despite its many shortfalls, and Dango shares about his warped tour Bible study, an encounter with Fat Mike of NOFX, and sheds a light on his upbringing.
72 minutes | Jul 10, 2022
80: What’s the Rush? (What Makes a Pro? + Patience)
On episode eighty of Holy Ghost Notes, Matt and Tim express their gratitude around hitting eighty episodes and catch up about each other’s Fourth of July weekends. Tim talks about three qualities that he thinks will make and sustain a professional drummer/musician's career and Matt contributes his thoughts based on his experience as a professional in the industry. Then, the guys talk about the subject of patience - their experiences around it, the difficulty behind it, and the importance of practicing it.
71 minutes | Jun 25, 2022
79: A Grain of Salt (Judging Drummers + Advice)
On episode seventy nine of Holy Ghost Notes, Tim talks about Stranger Things and tells a dad joke that goes over Matt’s head as they spend some time catching up. Then, Matt talks about his experience judging alongside Aaron Spears and Dave Weckl at a recent drum competition, which initiates the topic of "judging" other drummers. The guys round out the conversation by talking about how to give and take advice in many different aspects of life.
62 minutes | Jun 10, 2022
78: Build Each Other Up (Like Riding A Bike? + Friendship Commitment)
On episode seventy eight of Holy Ghost Notes, Matt and Tim talk a little bit about slowing down and taking a break from social media. Then they compare returning to the drum kit to riding a bike and explore what it takes to develop muscle memory vs. mastery. Finally, the guys discuss the commitment that comes alongside friendship, and talk about a recent experience they shared which, in turn, inspires a challenge.
75 minutes | May 25, 2022
77: Baby, Don’t Hurt Me (Improvisation + Love)
On episode seventy seven of Holy Ghost Notes, Matt and Tim reminisce about Matt’s recent wedding day and some things they’re learning two weeks into marriage, versus seven years into marriage. They transition into the multilevel topic of improvisation and tackle both improvising when unexpected circumstances arise as well as the ability to play improv as a drummer. The guys follow it up with the topic of love and ride the controversial line of how to define it.
69 minutes | May 10, 2022
76: Harold Brown
On episode seventy six of Holy Ghost Notes, Matt and Tim are joined by Harold Brown (drummer and music director of Maverick City Music). Harold shares about his recent experience at the Grammy’s and talks about where he got his start and the steps it took to get to where he is now. Matt reminisces about his first time meeting Harold and the unexpected turn it took, and the guys discuss being a musician in a worship setting versus in a performance setting. Harold also explains how he directs Maverick sets and he answers some challenging listener questions!
79 minutes | Apr 25, 2022
75: The Drummer-verse (Odd Time/Subdivisions + Discipleship)
On episode seventy five of Holy Ghost Notes, Matt and Tim talk about delicious meats and technology that is too advanced for them. Then, they attempt to dispel the intimidation that follows odd time signatures and they talk about utilizing subdivisions. Finally, the guys talk about the importance of discipleship after Matt shares about an event he recently attended.
60 minutes | Apr 10, 2022
74: Stick With It (Persistence + Obedience)
On episode seventy four of Holy Ghost Notes, Matt and Tim joke about what gets them “pumped up”, then spend some time talking about the heartbreaking loss of the late, great, Taylor Hawkins. Matt shares about his struggle writing for the new August Burns Red album, which launches them into the topic of persistency. They talk about the value of being persistent and share some realistic ways to approach frustrating and difficult periods in drumming. To round it out, the guys share a few stories while exploring the concept of obedience, and discover some things about themselves in the process.
67 minutes | Mar 25, 2022
73: Whiskey & Cheese (Too Busy for Drums + Too Busy for God)
On episode seventy three of Holy Ghost Notes, Matt and Tim “celebrate” their official three year anniversary episode by bragging about how busy they are! They start by catching up and then transition into discussing some tactics to counteract being too busy to play drums, and outline some personal tendencies they often fall victim to. Similarly, they continue their conversation about busyness, but on how it applies to faith and more specifically, maintaining a relationship with God. They realize quickly that their approach is very telling about themselves.
65 minutes | Mar 10, 2022
72: Poser (Evangelism + Lessons & Accomplishments)
On episode seventy two of Holy Ghost Notes, Matt and Tim get sidetracked from the start and decide to swap topics rather than derail a solid conversation about evangelism. They discuss how putting evangelism into a box can be harmful in many ways and stress the importance of integrity. Then the guys share about some lessons they’ve learned and things they’ve accomplished (or haven’t) in their drumming since the start of the year. Though many a tangent, random story, and awkward silence; this episode will be remembered (unlike evasive movie titles).
52 minutes | Feb 25, 2022
71: Spencer Arnott
On episode seventy one of Holy Ghost Notes, Matt and Tim finally get around to bringing Matt’s drum tech (and pseudo physical therapist), Spencer Arnott on as a guest. Spencer talks about an injury that motivated him to learn more about physiology, and shares about the importance of focusing on your body and what is most natural while drumming. The guys also discuss the mental difficulty of accepting critique, and how hard it can be to try something new when you’re set in your own way.
51 minutes | Feb 10, 2022
70: Panic! At The Drum Kit (Don’t Panic + Relax)
On episode seventy of Holy Ghost Notes, Matt and Tim squeeze in an episode while Matt is back for a day home from tour. Matt talks about touring with Killswitch Engage, some unexpected events that occurred, and shares about a moment of panic which leads them into their drum topic where they consider some ways to respond to panic. Then, the guys follow the parallel life/faith topic discussing how to relax when things happen in life that aren’t fair.
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