I had a couple fun gigs last weekend with The Daniel Castro Band – Friday night at the Mojo Lounge in Fremont and Saturday night at the Saloon in San Francisco’s bustling North Beach neighborhood. Daniel likes to give me lots of solos every night (which is unusual for most bandleaders) and I enjoy the challenge of trying to give each one its own personality and motif. Anyway, to my horror, I dropped a stick during my first solo Friday night (which I rarely do … really!). For a nanosecond I felt like I was standing naked in front of a room full of people. But thanks to my handy stick holder, which clamps to my crash cymbal stand and places two sticks directly within reach of both hands, I was able to grab another stick without compromising the solo at all. It made me think back to the silly things we would do before companies began marketing such simple products, like trying to jam a stick between the tension rod and shell or resting them on the bass drum between leg casings (which kind of works, unless you get extra frisky with your feet). I love the fact that such a simple device can make life so much easier.