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I Love What I Do!: A Drummer's Philosophy of Life at Eighty Paperback – January 15, 2007


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Square One Publishers (January 15, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1890995355
  • ISBN-13: 978-1890995355
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,570,880 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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There is only one book like I Love What I Do! because there is only one Sam Ulano! This book represents the most enjoyable publishing experience I have had to date!

From the Author

Sam Ulano’s Approach to Getting Better and Reaching Goals

At the age of 80, I’ve finally decided to put on paper my concepts for living. This is something I’ve always wanted to do. Recently it came to me how I would do this: I would simply start writing and hope that, in the end, some of the knowledge I’ve gained in eight decades is of some value to you reading it.

All my life I’ve been a drummer, both student and educator. I somehow always had the ability to teach others. I also had the talent to demonstrate and explain to my students why and how the study material I developed could benefit them. This must have worked because so many people I taught are still playing and are in the music profession, where drum study was essential to them.

The following ideas are what I have found to have worked for me. I like to think of them as my ideas for living. I pass them on to you so you might make use of these concepts and have the use of my past experience. This doesn’t mean that they will work for you. But they might provide some direction that can help you. Although most of these concepts have been written about by others, maybe I can give you another slant on things.

With the possible exception of the first chapter on developing a system, this book doesn’t have to be read straight-through. Instead, see which topics are relevant to you and check out my experience with them. You never know when some outside mind may give you a new approach to how you can better yourself. Above all, keep in mind that this is a book about music—about life—as I see it from eight decades.

Study these ideas for living and try to apply them. If they work for you, then I’m glad to have helped. If they don’t, then keep searching and looking for what works for you. The key is to never stop learning!

Yours for a better life and more fun in living your life, I remain,

Sam Ulano, the Drumchiatrist

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Harold McFarland HALL OF FAMEVINE VOICE on November 12, 2002
Format: Paperback
" I Love What I Do! A Drummer's Philosophy of Life at Eighty" is basically Sam Ulano's musings about life and the important lessons learned over the years. It is his system for personal happiness and reaching your goals. Much of the advice is pretty much common sense, but then again we all know that common sense often appears not to be very common at all. With that in mind, there is definitely a place for a book such as this.
It is not filled with the trite sayings and theoretical advice that is common to many such books, but has practical items that anyone can do. If other books give the goal with comments such as "to be happy you have to not be sad", then this one gives the steps.
Most of the advice is written from a musician perspective with items such as "Stay on Top of Your Practice", but still that can be applied to anyone engaged in activities that require skill. Some items are for encouragement (Don't Believe Those Who Aren't Tops in Their Fields) and others are real life (You'll Pay the Price Even If You Don't Pay the Price), but all are valuable if you can see how to apply them to your life and your needs.
Although not particularly organized well it is still a fine list of what is needed to be successful in life along with complete explanations of why each is important. If you didn't have a wise grandfather to turn to for advice when setting out on the road to life, take Sam Ulano along and learn from him some of the most important lessons in life.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Peter Walker on August 8, 2001
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This Book shows sam at his best takeing drums and life and puting it into One Beat. This book is for everyone!!!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Dorothy Weiss on October 9, 2001
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"It's never too late to start studying the piano or take up the drums", so says author Sam Ulano in this enthusiastic upbeat account of his life and his philosophy. A virtuoso drummer and brilliant entertainer, he writes the way he plays, with confidence and joy.Practice, organization, knowing what is important, being flexible, planning, focus, controlling anger, and some interesting keynotes about Buddy Rich and Artie Shaw are just a few of the items on Mr. Ulano's checklist. Most important, he adds, is to "never never quit".He's eighty and still going strong at the "Red Blazer" night club in New York City. A delightful book by an extraordinary musician.
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