A Skilled Drummer and Urban Planner
J Gregory Tulley
Where were you born?
What are you passionate about?
I have dual passions. I'm passionate about rebuilding our urban areas by fostering diversity and improving cultural experiences and quality of life thru design and place creation. I'm also passionate about bringing the rhythm of life through the art of drumming to the fans of the Eagles and 80's music.
Knowing that this is a project designed to tell your story, are there any moments that stand out as life-changing? Experiences that altered the path you were on and made you look at things in a whole new light?
Both events began at the same time and have guided me nearly everyday since. First was auditioning for my first band. These guys, though young, were seasoned musicians having played gigs for years. I had never played with a band and found the audition terrifying since I didn't know the song they wanted me to play. I began to question my ability. During a break I had to shuttle my sister from work to home and expressed my frustration. She offered the most simplistic of advice; "why don't you play what you know?" Upon returning to the audition I suggested we try something different, something I knew. I suggested Rush's Freewill which was more difficult from a drummer's perspective than what we were initially trying. The look I got was of disbelief and humor but they acknowledged they had always wanted to play that song but their drummer wasn't able to complete the task. So we proceeded to nail every detailed note of Freewill to pure excitement and joy. That night we played it 12 times and the confidence it gave me was tremendous. I won the audition, along with every one I've ever had since. To this day, I'm grateful to Chris and Pete for giving me that opportunity. The other event that was occurring at this same time was putting myself thru DAAP. This endeavor allowed me to grow and learn so much about myself. The process enabled me to look at things thru the process of design and changed my entire perception of the world around me.
If you knew then what you know now... What advise or wisdom would you pass on to the younger generations so that they may focus on what you found to be really important as they grow older?
Do what makes you happy, love deeply, believe in something, turn up the volume and have no regrets.
What is one of the things you like most about living in the Cincinnati area?
The cultural experiences, from food, to the arts, to the parks.
What would you do to help make Cincinnati a better place?
I would house and feed the poor. I would also eliminate any racism. And I would find a home for all the neglected dogs and cats in our community.
Any other comments you would like to make?
I appreciate Mike asking me to participate in this process and congratulate him on his great photographic art.