Len is one of the people I have to thank most for feeding my love of music. To this day, he is still one of the best drummers that I have played with. Were it not for Len, I never would have had my first proper jam session nor my love for Flea and the Red Hot Chilli Peppers.
When I told him I was learning Bass guitar he told me to go and listen to the song Californication, so I did. I remember loving it so much that I started trying to learn the bass part right away. The next morning before school started we went to the music practice room so I could show him what I had learned. Once I started playing he knew exactly what I was doing so he pulled out his sticks and started playing the drum part just like it is on the original song. This was one of the first times that I got goosebumps from playing with another person and this feeling is what has driven my passion for music ever since. That feeling you get.
I was lucky enough to get to share many more musical moments like that with Len. Not only did we play together though. We had many conversations talking about different styles of music and bonding over them and looking back I really cherished them because when you are that age there aren't many other people who can have a conversation about the blues, B.B King, and then the next minute talking about funk.
I learned a lot from Len and he played a very important role in my life and becoming a musician which I will never forget. To me, he still exists as the real version of Animal, the drummer from the Muppets because his drumming was just that great to watch and listen to.