Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Drummer, wife and mother of six -- the incredibly driven and inspirational Laura Spern joins me Monday!

"I started playing the drums in July 2008 and....when I grow up I want 
to be a great drummer!"
- Laura Spern, who started playing drums at age 47.

If you missed Laura on today's show, you can listen to the entire interview here.

After playing the video game 'Rockband' for several months I decided to rock-for-real! In July 2008, at the age of 47, I got my first drum kit. A Ludwig CS Accent Custom 5-piece in wine color. To that I added Zildjian K Custom Dark ride and crash cymbals and a DW 9000 bass pedal.

I got down to business right away with weekly drum lessons and daily practice. Six short months later I did what I never thought I could ever do, I joined a band. It was a local mom-band 'The Mydols'. Founder Judy Davids offered me unconditional support and encouragement.

The two years I played with The Mydols were filled with many local gigs. It took me over 20 gigs to get most of the pre-show butterflies to settle down! In addition to all the local gigs I also had a couple of unique opportunities with the band. In September, 2009 we filmed for 5 days with Gene Simmons and appeared on his reality TV show, 'Gene Simmons Family Jewels'. (Season 5- Detroit Rock Mommies) Then a year later, in September 2010 we opened for The B-52's at Motor City Casino Hotel Soundboard. Both were unbelievable experiences for me!

I've recently been offered a drum endorsement from 'Final Cry Custom Drums' a Christian custom drum company down in Texas. I look forward to receiving my new drum kit soon!

Currently I'm in a cover band with some great friends of mine. I continue to practice 1 1/2 to 2 hours a day, 4 days a week, uploading drum cover videos as I can. There is so much to learn and so little time.

National CPR and AED (Automated External Defribrillator) Awareness Week is June 1st through 7th. Janeane will be in conversation with a cardiac arrest survivor, Steven Munatones, and Dr. Shira Schlesinger.

According to, back in 2007, the American Heart Association, the American Red Cross and the National Safety Council collaborate...