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Derek Brooks

Putnam, CT, United States

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Overview

  • 15 Positive References1 Neutral
  • Fluent in English; learning Spanish
  • 31, Male
  • Member since 2008
  • Musician/Student/Substitute Teacher
  • Finishing Bachelor's at University o...
  • From First Brimfield, MA, then Putnam, CT
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About Me

CURRENT MISSION

Work hard, stay involved, and keep my mind traveling!

ABOUT ME

Well lets see...I'm a laid back New England guy who's lived in the boondocks my entire life, which gives you a lot of alone time to chill out, meditate, and enjoy your surroundings. Right now I'm going to school for classical voice (baritone) and percussion, and I want to get a doctorate in Ethnomusicology (Music Anthropology). Music is my religion and I enjoy it in all forms. I'm in a pretty decent hard rock/experimental band, but I also do jazz, blues, indie, hip-hop, latin, and even bluegrass open mic's on drum set/hand drums whenever I can. Aside from that, I enjoy playing classical marimba and jazz vibes.

I hope to do music research in South Africa, studying changes after Apartheid, and in return do advocacy work, either in education (English as a second language, etc.) or music production and promotion (Setting up tours and recording sessions for local musicians, etc.).

I'm currently brainstorming a road trip where I make a documentary on American music while helping people out in a "Random One" (look them up!) type fashion through the non-profit organization I'm involved with.

I love and can find good in all people, even when I might not like them that much, haha. Life is an amazing and exciting gift and to be able to share it with all the other people of the world is a treasure beyond explanation. CouchSurfing has offered me a chance to share that love and my appreciation of life's gifts with people who want to do the same without the awkwardness that's forced on us in our more common social roles.

I will always do my best to help people in any way possible if I can. I feel if I have the ability to than it's a no-brainer, since I would hope for the same when I'm in need. I try not to expect anything in return, though, assuming that in time the good deeds will spread the urge to pay it forward and it'll come back to me in the long run.

Meeting new people constantly is very important to me because of how much you learn. With each new person, new culture, new custom, or new language, a new way of looking at the world is opened up to me. Each eye-opening detail gives me a better understanding of both my role and the role of society as a whole on Earth. Freakin' sweet!

PHILOSOPHY

I try to have a "go with the flow" lifestyle, so I have a lot of Buddhist/Taoist philosophies, but I'm not necessarily locked in to being spiritual. The one thing I know I believe in is the power of the human mind to help us overcome any obstacle and subdue primal urges that no other animal can.

I also try to live logically left-wing or left of center, so I don't jump to conclusions on subjects like politics and environmentalism without knowing the facts first on all sides (see "Penn and Teller's Bullsh*t for more detail, haha).

Why I'm on Couchsurfing

HOW I PARTICIPATE IN COUCHSURFING

This is my social network! Aside from my family, the closest people to me are my nomadic (either physically or mentally or both) friends who if they don't know what CouchSurfing is right now would be totally down with it if they did.

I will do my best to offer a couch to anyone in need.

This site has given so much to me already that I hope to be a volunteer team member soon!

COUCHSURFING EXPERIENCE

A girl who had known me for 2 days let me house sit her apartment alone for a week. I felt so blessed.

I drove a bunch of foreigners from a hostel in New Orleans around with a local CouchSurfer for a tour of the French Quarter.

A CouchSurfer who hosted me served me his own home brewed barbecue flavored--that's right, I wrote barbecue flavored--beer. Delicious!

While staying in a semi-collective in Nashville, I helped put together a housing for a tomato garden made from pieces of wood we had salvaged from trash in the neighborhood. The tomatoes grown there were always available for the neighborhood children to eat and bring home.

If you want more feel free to ask!

Interests

My life is music. My hobbies are teaching and learning by any means available, pool/billiards (I play in the APA), Film (watching not making), environmental science and conservation, meditation/Buddhism/Taoism/atheism/spiritual (or non- spiritual) answers, and volunteering/outreach (I'm currently working with a non-profit to help build a school in Ghana).

There are several things I'm interested in that I've researched but haven't really pursued yet. Tai Chi. Making sex an art. Survival training. EMT training. All types of dancing, especially salsa. Any DIY work. Languages.

I also like to write in different forms but I don't nearly often enough. Maybe that's why I'm making this profile so long, hehe.

Music, Movies & Books

Here are some of the big ones that have really made my life different.

Movies: Fight Club, Forrest Gump, Lord of War, Monty Python's Meaning of Life, E.T., Apocalypse Now, The Big Lebowski, Magnolia, SLC Punk.

Music: Paul Simon/Graceland, Michael Jackson/Dangerous, Mississippi John Hurt, Aesop Rock/Labor Days, Sunny Day Real Estate/Circles, Depeche Mode, Metallica/Black Album, Ladysmith Black Mambazo, Green Day/Dookie, Tchaikovsky/1812 Overture, Miles Davis/Birth of the Cool, Bela Fleck and the Flecktones, The Rachel's/The Sea and Bells, Radiohead, The Mars Volta/De-Loused in the Comatorium.

Books: Sign of the Beaver, Zlata's Diary, Kaffir Boy, A Clockwork Orange (Original Ending), Angela's Ashes. (I'm more of a research reader to be honest)

One Amazing Thing I've Done

I camped out in the woods of Pennsylvania with over 10,000 other people for the national gathering of the Rainbow Family of Living Light. It was one of the most amazing experiences of my life.

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