Happy Birthday Mickey!!!
That's right, another birthday. In addition to remembering the somber events of September 11, 2001, on a happier note we can celebrate the 62nd birthday of one of the most influential, innovative and creative percussionists of our time.
Mickey has always been a personal favorite of mine. All you have to do is just watch him during a show, and you know that there's no other place on the planet he'd rather be. Sometimes, he has this devilish grin on his face, challenging his brother-in-drums Bill to raise it to another level. Sometimes, he has a sort of zoned out look where it's almost he's like on another plane of existence than the rest of us.
Several years back, I saw something on TV about his work with the Smithsonian's American Folk Life Center, where he was working to digitize the most endangered recordings in the Center's collections. He's also been lobbying on The Hill for funding for this program. Truly a noble cause.
Here's a great interview from 2003 that I found that pretty much covers his whole career. Check it out and wish Mickey a happy 62nd!