"There are pictures of me at 18 months surrounded by my mother's pots and pans, holding wooden spoons, wearing head phones and making a beautiful noise. When I was four years old a family friend (Jamey Hadad) gave me my first drum set."Abe claims that his many failed attempts at melodic instruments have given him an affinity for the simpler arts, such as cooking and drumming.
"It was one of the first things I really did on my own, strictly on my own merit, and I can pretty much trace everything I've done back to that gig."Since that time, Abe Jr. has toured and/or recorded with A-Ha, Vanessa Carlton, Kelly Clarkson, Sheryl Crow, Duran Duran, Melissa Etheridge, Jennifer Love Hewitt, Chris Isaak, Jewel, B.B. King, Jonny Lang, K.D. Lang, Paul McCartney, Liz Phair, LeAnn Rimes, Seal, Shakira, Sting, Scritti Politti, Michele N'dgeocello, Steve Vai, Big Mountain, Juliana Hatfield, Dianne Reeves and Joe Sample.
"I had just finished Paul McCartney's record when Sting called. I did the Concert for New York (...) and then the Sting tour started the following Monday. (...) Then I toured with Paul (...) I go from the biggest experience of my life to the next biggest experience of my life."Abe Jr. also got to show off his singing skills on the McCartney tour by providing background and counterpoint vocals on such classics as "Eleanor Rigby" and "She's Leaving Home."
"They gave me really great guidance, but allowed me to still be a goof-off and an individual. They helped me have confidence in being myself, not worrying about what everyone else might think. All that matters is what you feel about yourself. (..) Watching my father and the joy he has was always encouraging. To see somebody who was fully in love with what he does and fully in love with every moment was a great example and something to strive for."It appears that Abe Sr.'s dream of encouraging the generations is being realized. Perhaps — just perhaps — father does know best after all.
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