About the drift

The Drift are an instrumental band based in San Francisco California comprised of Danny Paul Grody (guitar/keys), Rich Douthit (drums), and Trevor Montgomery (bass). Their music draws upon elements of dub, rock, minimalism, and abstract leanings that combine to create a sound uniquely their own. Since forming in 2002 the band has released two full lengths with their third on the way and a host of singles to critical acclaim. They have toured extensively in the US, Canada, Europe, and Japan. Over those years the band has had the honor of working with upright bassist Safa Shokrai (2005-08) and trumpet player Jeff Jacobs who joined shortly after the band formed in 2003. Jeff succumbed to a long and courageous battle with cancer in early January 2011. The dedication he gave to music and the band’s development was paramount. He will be greatly missed, but his light shines eternally.

Two exciting SF shows next week!

Hi folks!

I’m playing a couple shows next week in SF I hope you can make it to:

Friday, October 13th I’ll be playing a solo set opening up for my buds Balmorhea (touring in support of their lovely new album, Clear Languge) at the Swedish American Hall. The following night, Saturday, Oct 14th, I’ll be collaborating with filmmaker Bill Basquin for Night Rounds, an exploratory evening of live film + music at the LAB. Both shows will be quite different…. be great to see you!

Warmly,

DPG

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Sound and healing ) ) )

Hello all!

Many of you may not know that I am in the process of getting a masters in counseling psychology with a focus on how sound/music can be incorporated into healing modalities that address distress, trauma, and work towards attaining greater wellbeing.

Personally speaking, I find music (in both practice and as a listener) to be a cathartic and restorative experience. It offers a non-verbal path towards self-reflection and deeper understandings that words often fail to articulate. I am always on the lookout for insight around this topic and came across this article on Pitchfork of all places. Maybe you’ll find something to connect with here…?

I’m also interested in learning your stories of how you connect through music and sound as a tool for healing practice. Are there things that work/don’t work for you?

Warmly,

DPG

https://pitchfork.com/features/overtones/can-music-heal-trauma-exploring-the-therapeutic-powers-of-sound/

Thoughts on love…

A nice capture of me celebrating the love and union of some dear friends. The ceremony brought together a beautiful cross-section of community and was a sweet reminder of the transformative impact love can have in our lives. There is a lot of fear circling around out there motivating acts of hate, isolationism, and violence. But we have to remember that racism and fear of the “other” is learned.

Nelson Mandela put it best by saying, “People must learn to hate, and if they can learn to hate, they can be taught to love. For love comes more naturally to the human heart than its opposite.”

I believe if we act from a place of love, wounds can heal.

With an open heart,

DPG

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Stand with Bandcamp in supporting Trans rights!

I have been a long-time fan and user of the Bandcamp platform. They have  always advocated for progressive causes and finding ways of supporting the arts. This Friday, Bandcamp will be donating 100% of their sales to the Transgender Law Center. Please join me and the myriad artists – queer, trans, and beyond – to raise awareness and fight against transphobia. I will be donating 100% of my cut from sales as well.

Love to ALL,

DPG

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