Yes Larry. You are "Sucking all the fun right out of life...."Is it wrong for me to gripe about this?
HA! You just created a great image in my mind.Well maybe they were taken back by that piece of crap drum kit you brought with no ride cymbal-LOL-you should have brought part of Rolanda-kick, floor tom and snare and a dang ride cymbal you can crash. Some folks have lost the fun of playing. I guess I'd have more sympathy if you didn't own two Guru drum kits-and now we see you don't even play them.
Yes what's in your mind and what the audience is experiencing....the closer together you can get them, the better. Some people, not just drummers, are legends in their own minds, and there's a big disconnect with what they think is happening, and what is actually happening. Again, the recorder is the remedy to this.I guess outwardly it just doesn't come out the way I think it does.
And I bet it's all at the same dynamic, front to back. It's the deliberate ups and downs, and transitions to ups and downs....that's where blues takes on more than 2 dimensions. Only the whole band has to understand. That's why it's so good when it's good, there's a noticeable musical communication going on.Kamak, you're probably right about that. I'm 48, and I hate playing the blues. 1 or 2 songs, sure, but after that, ughh. And if there's 2 or three guitarists on stage, they all have to take a couple solos each, so every song is 12 minutes long. Ackk!
I never attended this jam before and had no idea the kit was lacking basic necessities. I figured I'd go in and use what's there, to take me out of my element a little. Well I was a little too far out of my element. All I really needed was a couple cymbals, I decorate the song with my cymbals. I can make do with no toms. There was only a steaming load of crap sounding floor tom anyway, no racks.Well maybe they were taken back by that piece of crap drum kit you brought with no ride cymbal-LOL-you should have brought part of Rolanda-kick, floor tom and snare and a dang ride cymbal you can crash. Some folks have lost the fun of playing. I guess I'd have more sympathy if you didn't own two Guru drum kits-and now we see you don't even play them.
I would have no problem with that. But I would be watching my cymbals like a hawk.HA! You just created a great image in my mind.
Imagine Larry, the host drummer, brings his Guru drum set to the jam. And a 6’ 5” dude with huge arms gets up with his 2b drum sticks to play the drums……. LOL
Your'e the only one who's not jaded here. Thats the sad part.So last night I attended a jam for the first time in a while. I was really underwhelmed by the attitude of most of the jammers. There seemed to be no joy, no involvement, not injecting one ounce of something resembling emotion, they just stood there like mannequins doing what seemed to me as little as possible.
Me, I was playing on camber hi hats, an over-stuffed bass drum, and a floor tom that sported death by tape. No ride, and the only crash was a 15" china. The snare I got sounding good. So to me I was just keeping time, which always works, but I couldn't do much shading without a ride or crash. I felt like I needed to drill a hole and all I had was a hammer.
But the other players might as well have been asleep, it was so ho hum. Hollywood's sig came to mind, playing a wrong note is excusable, playing without passion is inexcusable...something like that.
I just want to go up to these people and shake them, then slap their faces lol. Playing out is the highlight of my life. I just can't relate to 'barely there' playing. It's not what you play, it's how you play it that comes through. Nothing came through. To be fair, not everyone was like that, but most were. Like I don't even want to go to that jam anymore, it was a waste of my time almost. I'm wondering if it's my problem, but I don't think it is. I do feel spoiled and jaded though. Thoughts?
Yeah, I'm in agreement here. I love the newer people coming in and stretching their wings. But a lot of these folks have been doing the jam circuit for the 20 years I've lived here.I don't fault the new players, that's a whole different story. It takes a while to find one's legs. It's guys who have been around. I know they've been around because I used to jam with them over 10 years ago. I would hope people improve with time, not go backwards. Maybe I expect too much. It seems this is one of the best parts of their life, and this is what they give to it? Really?
Going through the motions is a disservice to the people who come to listen to the music. The live music business is in peril. I can't help thinking that maybe it's because the standards seem so low to me. Playing live is near and dear to my heart, and to see the apathy...it pisses me off.