Imagine picking up the sticks for the first time at age 47 and working your way to sharing the stage with The B-52’s in Motor City. Now imagine you’re Laura Spern. She did exactly that.
Six months after getting on the throne she joined a local mom-band called The Mydols. Scared out of her mind and overcoming her doubts about her abilities, she made the commitment. The Mydols played together for 2 years, having a blast, and leading to their TV spot on Gene Simmons Family Jewels, Season 5, Ep. 13 “Detroit Rock Mommies”. Laura was also featured in the January 2012 issue of Drum! Magazine. So for those of you who say, “It’s too late to start,” think again. In the words of a wise-woman with experience …
“It is NEVER too late to learn. Life is too short to not take a chance. Go after your dreams.” —Laura Spern
We had the chance to ask Laura a few questions hoping to motivate others to follow in her path.
OLD: When did you first want to play the drums and what made you want to play?
Laura: I became interested in learning the drums after playing the video game Rock Band® for several months. So, in July 2008, at the age of 47 I went out and got a guitar and a drum set with the intention of learning both instruments. After a few months I realized I didn’t have the time to practice both and would have to choose one. It was an easy choice, I loved the drums.
OLD: Did you have any fears and/or doubts when you finally picked up the sticks?
Laura: When I first picked up the sticks I wasn’t sure what to expect moving to an actual drum kit from the video game. I was apprehensive as you might imagine but determined to learn. I had no intention of playing in a band. I didn’t think that was even remotely possible!
OLD: Were there people that questioned your choice, maybe doubted it? Was there anyone particularly supportive that really helped motivate?
Laura: Oh yes, there were the doubters! One friend asked if I was going through a mid-life crisis! LOL! My older boys raised their eyebrows in bewilderment. But, my husband was very supportive, and so was my first drum teacher.
OLD: What would you say to someone looking to pick up an instrument and learn as an adult? Any advice or tips?
Laura: I would say it is NEVER too late to learn. Life is too short to not take a chance. Go after your dreams. Since I started playing the drums I’ve met people through YouTube and Facebook who started drumming even later than I did. Advice? Get drum lessons, you need someone experienced who can guide you. Don’t be afraid to change drum teachers if you feel you aren’t getting anywhere. I did. Use online resources to help you like Onlinedrummer and YouTube. And of course, practice, practice, practice! Then after that, practice some more.
Be sure to check out Mydols Official Website.
Check out Laura Spern’s Official YouTube Channel.