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Musician Simmons marches to a beat of his own drum

December 21, 2013 • Local News

Donny Simmons records an EP Wednesday as the newest band member of Seek. (Amy Vogelsang Photo)

They knew his order at Starbucks, which could be a positive reflection on the memories and quality of customer service there, but it’s more likely a reflection of the amount of time Donny Simmons spends at the coffee shop.

But the 20-year-old has an excuse to drink excessive amounts of coffee — he experiences the long, tiring days of being a musician.

That can almost sound like a paradox. Isn’t playing an instrument supposed to be fun and stress free? Well yes, but Simmons said it’s also a lot of work.

Being forced into music when he was young, about six years of his life was all about classical piano lessons and Mozart competitions.

But piano wasn’t Simmons’ passion, so he went searching for something else to play.

“I never got into it,” he said. “I was tired of classical music, and I wanted to play what I wanted to play,” he said.

He had been debating between guitar and piano, but then an epiphany happened.

“This is going to sound weird, but I was in the shower,” he chuckled, almost embarrassed.

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