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The Bobby Rock Newsletter #1 (2-3-2021) - To Begin Again...

  • Update on the Kick-Ass New Lita Ford Record

  • What in the Hell are Micro-Workouts?

  • Dragon Dirt Community - Featured Dirt-Drinker: Andrea Volpp (Quick Q&A)

The Bobby Rock Newsletter #2 (2-10-2021) - Behind the Curtain

  • New Book Preview - Will Drum For Food - "An Evening of Nunsense"

  • The Case for Audiobooks

  • Dragon Dirt Community - Down & Dirty Q&A: When is the best time of day to have a superfood smoothie?

The Bobby Rock Newsletter #3 (2-17-2021) - If These Drums Could Talk...

  • Musings: If These Drums Could Talk...

  • Three Life-Changing Nutritional Practices to Try Immediately

  • Dragon Dirt Community Featured Dirt-Drinker: Craig LeMay (Quick Q&A)

The Bobby Rock Newsletter #4 (2-24-2021) - Rock-Solid Routines

  • Four Factors in Creating YOUR Rock-Solid Workout Routine

  • Into as of Late: Shoe Dog - Phil Knight, plus Hiromi (several titles mentioned)

  • Dragon Dirt Smoothie Science: A Visual Approach to the Dragon Dirt Formula (and How it Came to Be)

The Bobby Rock Newsletter #5 (3-3-2021) - Crash!

  • Memoir: Crash!!! Surviving Near-death Near El Paso...

  • BR Health Beat - Edamame: It's What's for Snacking!

  • Dragon Dirt Community Featured Dirt-Drinker: E. Clint Allen (Quick Q&A)

The Bobby Rock Newsletter #6 (3-10-2021) - Are You Ready For This?

  • Musings: Are You Ready For This?

  • BR Health Beat: Plan on a Daily Workout... Even if it Doesn't Always Work Out!

  • Down & Dirty: Could this be the world's healthiest fruit?

The Bobby Rock Newsletter #7 (3-17-2021) - If You Will Indulge Me...

  • If You Will Indulge Me... (A Personal Message)

  • Dragon Dirt T-shirts on the Horizon!

  • Seen and Heard: A new book and podcast (that I'm in) that might be of interest...

The Bobby Rock Newsletter #8 (3-24-2021) - Run Your Race

  • Musings: Run Your Race

  • Found! More Rare Artifacts (of the VVI variety)

  • Dragon Dirt Community Featured Dirt-Drinker: Malcolm Gil (Quick Q&A)

The Bobby Rock Newsletter #9 (4-7-2021) - Crawling Toward Infamy

  • Your Future Self: A Journaling Exercise

  • Dragon Dirt Community Featured Dirt-Drinker: Pam Fogarty (Quick Q&A)

  • Preview from my upcoming book: Will Drum For Food - "The Auditorium"

The Bobby Rock Newsletter #10 (4-21-2021) - Let's Get Triggered!

  • Let's Get Triggered!: My personal obsession with blacklight posters

  • Rethinking Pushups

  • Down and Dirty: Exploring One of the Most Nutritious Leaves on the Planet

The Bobby Rock Newsletter #11 (5-5-2021) - A Road Dawg Remembered

  • A Road Dawg Remembered: Rest in peace, mighty Munch man!

  • Into as of Late: Moxy - Revisiting the classic hard rockers from Canada 

  • Down and Dirty: Feel the Power of the Golden Powder

The Bobby Rock Newsletter #12 (5-19-2021) - All Systems Rock!

  • In celebration of two key anniversaries this week, enjoy an excerpt from my memoir, The Boy Is Gonna Rock

  • Five Steps to More Training Intensity

  • Hot Links at Hand: Tons of New Tour Dates; Newsletter Archives; BR News Feed; Merch and Dirt

The Bobby Rock Newsletter #13 (6-2-2021) - The Silence is Deafening

  • The Silence is Deafening: Reflections on a Weekend of Primal Beauty and… Silence!

  • On the Road: First post-pandemic show with Lita Ford, coming right up this weekend

  • Down & Dirty: The Power is in the Pea

The Bobby Rock Newsletter #14 (6-16-2021) - The Great American, Grass Roots, Rockin' Road Warrior Dream

  • The Great American, Grass Roots, Rockin’ Road Warrior Dream: Another cool book excerpt from my upcoming memoir: Will Drum For Food

  • Get ready to feel the burn with: Five MORE Steps to Increased Training Intensity

  • Find it Fast: The main BR links in one place

The Bobby Rock Newsletter #15 (7-1-2021) - Who Needs Sleep

  • Who Needs Sleep? - Musings on the importance of sleep, and my longtime, highly-dysfunctional relationship with it. (A timely topic, given the post-covid return of road life!)

  • Dragon Dirt turns 6 months old!

  • July Tour Dates (with Lita Ford)

The Bobby Rock Newsletter #15B (7-7-2021) - Into The Void

  • Jumping Into the Void 

  • Count Reps, Not Time

  • A Year of Daily Meditation (on the horizon)

The Bobby Rock Newsletter #16 (7-15-2021) - This is Your Brain on Meditation

  • A Year of Daily Meditation - Just completed this goal this week and wanted to talk in a bit more detail about the upside of an undervalued practice.

  • Down and Dirty: “Blueberries on steroids!” Meet Maqui Berry… yet another super-potent fruit in Dragon Dirt

  • July Tour Dates (with Lita Ford)


The Bobby Rock Newsletter #17 (7-21-2021) - Going From Good To Great

  • Quick Tip on Protein Requirements

  • Ignoring Unvetted Criticism

  • Podcast Magic: Tim Ferris interviewing Jim Collins (Two Episodes)

The Bobby Rock Newsletter #18 (7-28-2021) - The Guy In Ratt

  • “The Guy in Ratt”- a rare, rhyming poem I wrote over 13 years ago. While I still find it amusing to revisit this particular juncture in the journey, I’m reminded of how, indeed, the rough times make us tougher and more resilient.

  • The Barrier: Why is it so hard to stick with those healthy new habits that we know we should be sticking to?

  • Your Higher Calling: A Journaling Exercise - This is a solid and (hopefully) inspiring contemplation! 

The Bobby Rock Newsletter #19 (8-5-2021) - A 35th Anniversary Special!

  • The VVI debut turns 35! - With a little then-and-now reflection...

  • First Thing in the Morning - Something helpful to kickstart another day of unparalleled creativity! (Or something like that…)

  • A B-12 Crash Course - Getting enough of this important nutrient.

The Bobby Rock Newsletter #20 (8-12-2021) - Your Gold Medal Moment

  • Your Gold Medal Moment: An Olympics-inspired contemplation worth contemplating!

  • Don’t Stop! How and why to make it through the uninspired workout.

  • Down & Dirty: Dragon Dirt ingredients spotlight on one of the most mysterious, potent, intriguing mushroom adaptogens on earth...


The Bobby Rock Newsletter #21 (8-18-2021) - Da Vinci Journal Syndrome

  • Into as of Late: My preoccupation with one killer drummer from Iran continues. I play his records in a loop at my desk, create intricate odd-meter practice pad routines to his solos, and even meditate to his music on occasion. Read on…

  • Book Excerpt: A da VInci-inspired piece from my book, Zentauria.

  • On Doing the Work: Musings on a famous Thoreau quote that is probably more relative today than it was 180 years ago when he wrote it.

The Bobby Rock Newsletter #22 (8-25-2021) - Solo Drumming in China 2019 - Observations and Reflections

  • Musings: Reflecting on the epic life experience of my 2019 solo drumming tour of China

  • A "Winning" Tip for Peak Performance: What can we learn from a world champion sharpshooting bad-ass? Plenty!

  • Down and Dirty: Dragon Dirt ingredients spotlight on one of the classic must-haves for anyone looking to up their nutrition game..

The Bobby Rock Newsletter #23 (9-1-2021) - The Game of Life

  • The Game of Life: A “four quarters” philosophy that you just might find useful.

  • Rumi Speaks: The wisdom of staying up all night… at least according to my biased interpretation of one of "the main man's" poems.

  • Water Works: A quick crash course in superior hydration... and a simple reminder to drink more water! Everything about your health and nutrition begins and ends here

The Bobby Rock Newsletter #24 (9-8-2021) - Celebrating 45 Years of Sobriety

  • My iWatch Calls Me Motherfucker!: A few initial observations on the almighty iWatch

  • Celebration Day: Musings on a landmark sobriety anniversary. But did I really have a choice? (Yes… but no.)

  • Meditate on THIS: Wise words from the Buddha regarding attachments…

The Bobby Rock Newsletter #25 (9-15-2021) - Reinvention

  • A Radical Reinvention: With “Reinvention" as our theme, we delve into another “Into as of Late” record that I think you might find interesting: a (mostly) all-female tribute to my boys, Slaughter, but with quite a unique twist. Read on…

  • Reinvention Reflection: Some of our coolest creative ideas are those that involve reimagining some of our greatest influences. Let’s ponder...

  • Pushing and Pulling: When in doubt, here’s a time-tested approach to resistance training that can’t fail. In fact, it remains the most common approach I take to a near-daily regimen of hitting the iron, even to this day.

The Bobby Rock Newsletter #26 (9-22-2021) - "Nelsonmania!"

  • Behind the Hype: A new book excerpt detailing Nelson's inaugural, full-band autograph signing event in Los Angeles. Daaaamn!

  • Bringing our 20th Century Brains into the 21st Century: Time to up our mental game, I say…

  • Self-Evaluation on Your Brain Game: Setting the table for future contemplations on this important subject/practice...

The Bobby Rock Newsletter #27 (9-29-2021) - The Zen of Delayed Reaction

  • The Unseen: Yes, there is almost ALWAYS more to a situation than what the eyes can see. So why not delay that initial reaction and give yourself a chance to see it?

  • The 24-Hour Rule: You will love this one… and so will those around you once you master it!

  • Down & Dirty: Dragon Dirt ingredients spotlight on one of the most tested and legit performance-enhancing superfoods on the planet. (Also great for heart health!)

The Bobby Rock Newsletter #28 (10-6-2021) - The "Fuck Yes!" Philosophy

  • Hold out for the “Fuck Yes!” opportunity—as opposed to settling for the uninspired “affirmative" that may eventually become the unwelcomed obligation.

  • Calendar Power: Inking something in stone on your calendar is a great way to either jumpstart or uplevel your workout, nutrition, and recovery regimen.

  • Seen and Heard: Thrilled to participate in Eric Carr’s recent Metal Hall of Fame induction; Special “anniversary” podcast timing re: the Vinnie Vincent Invasion audition. 

The Bobby Rock Newsletter #29 (10-13-2021) - Blow Your Mind & Melt Your Heart!

  • Melt Your Heart: If you might indulge me, here’s a quick, personal update on one of the most important beings in my life.

  • Blow Your Mind: Curious to know how into something you really are… or someone else is? Check this out!

  • Blow Your Mind Some More!: Continuing on with our 21st-Century Brain theme—and our humble aspirations for “superhuman” mental potential—we circle back around to one of my favorite concepts: left-brain/right-brain development. And who better to examine than two of our greatest geniuses? 

The Bobby Rock Newsletter #30 (10-21-2021) - Embracing Failure

  • A Truckload of Rejection:” Learning a valuable lesson about reconciling our failures from writing guru, Steven Pressfield.

  • Cardio Factor: Yes, I say, we must move the iron. But we also gotta tax our cardiovascular system regularly if we want to enjoy top level health and fitness. Here’s the quick overview on how…

  • Geniuses Run Late: At least that's what we’ve always told ourselves… but now science concurs!

The Bobby Rock Newsletter #31 (10-28-2021) - The Nightmare Returns...


  • The New Bobby Rock Store is Live, complete with some bells and whistles you might find interesting. Here’s the quick overview.

  • Down and Dirty: Is this one of the world’s most potent herbs? No doubt. Let’s take a closer look at another of the eighteen all-star superfood ingredients in Dragon Dirt and see what it can do for you.

  • "The Nightmare Returns:” ...and we are so glad he did. Here’s a brief excerpt from The Boy Is Gonna Rock, detailing that harrowing Halloween gig I did with VVI, opening up for Alice Cooper in his hometown of Detroit. (One of the scariest Halloweens ever!)

The Bobby Rock Newsletter #32 (11-4-2021) - Your Mega Memory

  • Impress Your Friends at Parties! How to quickly memorize a list of 20 items, on the spot and in perfect order. If this kind of thing is new to you, consider this exercise a decent foray into the world of memory enhancement and “left-brain” conditioning.

  • Two Steps to your "Mega Memory:" Here we arrive at the nitty-gritty of how you put it all together. Dig it!

  • Lita Ford in Chicagoland—A Quick Retrospective: Just got back from a cool hit with Lita near Chicago, and thought I'd share a few pics.


The Bobby Rock Newsletter #33 (11-11-2021) - A Love Supreme

  • A Conversation with the World’s Wisest Man?  Enjoy another slice today from my book, Zentauria. We delve deep into some big-time life stuff, and how WE get to choose the meaning behind everything that happens in our experience here.

  • Into as of Late: This is music I’m into all the time, not just “as of late.” Nonetheless, we give the master his due with a quick look at “A Love Supreme,” a record I continue to obsess over decades after first hearing it.

  • Trane - a poem: From the archives... an older piece of writing inspired by the main man.

The Bobby Rock Newsletter #34 (11-18-2021) - The Drum Vid Vault... Revealed!

  • Everyday Martial Arts Wisdom for All: The often-unappreciated art of diffusing verbal conflict with the same eloquence that we diffuse potential physical conflict.

  • Hot Tip: "Reps and Steps" in Rhythm: Here’s a cool tool for increasing speed and stamina in your training (or practice time).

  • Vid from the Vault: At long last… the process of posting lots of playing vids of my "Alpha Kit” has begun, along with a commitment to post more drumming vids in general, more consistently.

The Bobby Rock Newsletter #35 (11-26-2021) - A Moment of Gratitude

  • 500 Consecutive Days of Meditation: Another pointless milestone? I'm thinking not...

  • It's a Gratitude thing: A brief reflection on our official day of gratitude...

  • A (year-round) Thanksgiving "Affirmation" to Scope: Something simple and cool that will affect your life in a meaningful way...

The Bobby Rock Newsletter #36 (12-2-2021) - Getting the Show on the Road

  • Getting the Show on the Road:  My maiden voyage into “Glutton for Punishment” land. No regrets, friends…

  • A Year of the Dirt: Celebrating one year since the pre-launch… today!

  • Drum Vid Vault: More video archiving… this time with some alphabet drumming, multi-voice improv, and more. Let’s hit it!

The Bobby Rock Newsletter #37 (12-9-2021) - Your Daily Exorcism

    • DO Try This at Home, Kids!: A quick but thorough exploration of the magic of stream-of-consciousness journaling 

    • Down & Dirty: Whatgrass juice? - A bit about one of my all-time favorite superfoods—wheatgrass juice powder—and its role in “the most potent all-in-one superfood powder on the planet."

    • Lita Ford Tour Dates Check-in - Scope the horizon... so far, at least. Plus a bit more Alphabet Drumming™ madness.

    The Bobby Rock Newsletter #38 (12-16-2021) - An Extraordinary Gift!

    • I Have the Greatest Friends: Wow! Check this out. One of the most personal—and more unusual—gifts you might see this year…

    • More Mind Power: Continuing on with our build-a-better-brain theme, let’s talk “Visions and Digits.”

    • Alphabet Soup: “Spelling out" two different words, on the drums, to create one unique groove on the Alphabet Kit. My favorite Black Sabbath song, reimagined.

    The Bobby Rock Newsletter #39 (12-30-2021) - In Defense of the New Year's Resolution

    • As worn out as the notion may be, let's drill down on the New Year’s Resolution concept for a minute and see if there's any merit left for us…

    • Either way, here are three heavy-duty contemplations to consider in your remaining moments of quiet in 2021

    • The Mental Game: I talk about it at length with a couple of experts in a recent podcast.

    The Bobby Rock Newsletter #40 (1-6-2022) - A Healthier Eating Hack

    • Rare Photo Story: Revisiting one of the more mythical snare drums on earth… and the day I was lucky enough to get one.

    • Hot Tip for a Healthier Cooking Habit: Batch that shit!

    • Think on This... as we consider our pursuits in 2022.

    The Bobby Rock Newsletter #41 (1-13-2022) - "Collecting Your Thoughts"

    • "Poetry in Motion:" What does a popular quote from the Sufi mystic Rumi sound like as a thematic drum pattern? Now we know…

    • Don’t let that genius idea get away! Here’s to the simple art of “Collecting Your Thoughts.”

    • In Case You Missed It: More Black(light) magic here, in an updated article you might enjoy