So, I went off with my wife to see Bruce Springsteen on Sunday night. This was for our 21st wedding together.
Now I've had Cariad open for a year and half and it was a few years in the making before that so when you are surrounded by drums, drummers and trying to promote the shop etc along with lessons and most discussions based on technique and chops you can sometimes loose the very essence of what the drummer is there for.
Clinics and YouTube videos can add to this small world we live in simply by watching someone show all the diddles he has worked on for years. How fast he can do them and the fact he can do them with every part of his body.
Problem is what does all this mean to the outside world?....nothing unless its in a decent structure of the song. I',m not saying that practice and working out on the kit is not important, it's vital but we should never forget what we are there for.
We also fall into the rut sometimes of criticising the drummer in the band.
Funny thing the very best technical drummers at these clinics can pull 100 people, smaller stores maybe 40 or 50 and sometimes I've heard of 4 or 5 drummers turning up although they seem to be better in very recent times. However Max Weinberg (Springsteen's drummer) plays to 50'000 on a regular basis. Who's got the best gig?? I appreciate they are different in nature but if we become critical about someones playing lets just think of what the artist requires from the drummer. (Watch an interview on Thursdays blog)
So Today's song Tuesday is an example of (2 examples actually) of what we should be doing.
1st song. Mr. Springsteen played this song on Sunday eve I looked carefully at the crowd, simply two acoustic guitars, vocals and the Hi-hat, little violin and 50'000 or more people clapping to that Hi-hat on 1/4 notes.
Then the drums kick in and the whole crowd are dancing away.
Mid way through a 12 year old (roughly her age) girl came on the stage and sang with the whole crowd joining in and to huge applause, then the full band again with masses dancing. Less than 1% worrying what Max is playing, maybe not 1 person, I wasn't as I was dancing with my wife!! (Badly)
This reminds you that its a bigger world out there than an obsession of who's the best drummer and this mad internet trend of breaking down the exact drum pattern to songs rather than playing what we feel in the song.
2nd. The drums keep a solid beat again so all the other brass musicians can play away and make music. Everyone in the crowd simply dances!! That's music.
This might sound like I don't get out much, true when you work 60 plus hours per week but I suppose I'm just reminding us all that both music and therefore drumming should be fun first so whatever your skill level get out and play!!
Anyway enjoy the music.