So true. Most of my life I've played in bands where we get the "intent" of a song, and try to pick up the major elements, and call it a day. I always felt like that was just fine. My last couple bands I've been in, we really work hard to try to get the song 99% to the record. It's been a real challenge, but now that I've become used to taking things to that level, it's pretty fun.Thumbs up Bermuda, good article!
I usually consider the "I play it my way" drummer or musician as someone too lazy to learn a style. They've got their lick, and that's their lick, and it's what you're gonna get on every song.
If a player isn't interested in learning different styles, challenging grooves and new vocabulary, why are they there? I just don't get it. Besides, if I get an occasional compliment on a gig, it's probably because I captured the original artist's style. I recall a recent compliment along the lines of "you played Suit & Tie better than our usual drummer", and I thought hey it's just what they did on the record. What the heck is the other guy playing?
I've also noticed that when I fill in with other players,now that I've put the work in and try to play it to the record, I've gotten that compliment quite a bit - "you play that much better than our drummer does." It's been a real eye opener for me.
Making it your own really should apply if the band is all working together to change the song. One or two guys is just screwing it up, not making it their own.