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deltdrum 04-20-2012 09:28 AM

Do you want to be famous?
 
Something that was brought up in my philosophy class today... Is there anything wrong with wanting to be famous? I understand that many of you play music for the PUREST reason (just to play), and I literally have WORLDS of respect for you, but I've been in front of large crowds, and I'm honestly addicted to the chills you get of having one of those great spontaneous moments that happen through the combination of musical energy and crowd energy.

I'm not going to be hypocritical, a portion of it is just getting to show off on stage. I spent years in small rooms running through drumming rudiments to a metronome, and the idea of being famous to the point where people come running just to see the product of hard work IS one of the reasons why I play.

I'm young (20s), but have been playing most of my life. I've found that once I finally became honest with myself and realized my own selfish intentions, I actually started to enjoy the music in itself more.

bryanmurr 04-20-2012 10:00 AM

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There is nothing wrong with wanting to be famous. Same as wanting to go to college and be successful. There is also nothing wrong with wanting a good crowd to show up at your local gig. And there is nothing wrong with wanting to play at home to cds.

Bad Tempered Clavier 04-20-2012 11:50 AM

Re: Do you want to be famous?
 
Depends what fame brings: if a large audience brings enough money to live on so that one doesn't have to do anything else other than play music (and all the recording/touring/promoting etc that may go with that), then I'd say it's as useful an ambition as anything else.

If chasing fame means people recognise you in the supermarket and there are photographers constantly trying to take pictures of you in the shower and you end up hidden away in one of those high-walled compounds in Beverley Hills with security patrols, then that ain't for me.

AndyMC 04-20-2012 01:45 PM

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I would like to be popular enough to be a successful musician but the real crux of the question is why you want to be famous. I want some fame for independence and recognition of my talent and practice. However Paris Hilton wanted fame for the sake of itself which is something wrong and a sign of a culture in decline.

Pocket-full-of-gold 04-20-2012 02:38 PM

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Nup. At least I never wanted fame for fame's sake.......but I did want to be in a band that was successful enough for me to earn a living and make music on our own terms. Nearly got there a couple of times, but at the end of the day "close" was all it ever came to.

These days I could think of nothing worse....the fame part that is, not the making music part. I have no desire for the trappings, obligations and general bullshit that usually goes hand in hand with being famous. Wouldn't mind the cash that usually accompanies it though.

Xero Talent 04-20-2012 02:48 PM

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There's a difference between wanting to be famous (ie: recognized by the public) and being successful.

I strive to be successful, not famous.... although fame would likely be a result of success, in a musical context anyway.

bermuda 04-20-2012 03:10 PM

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Quote:

Originally Posted by Xero Talent (Post 990449)
There's a difference between wanting to be famous (ie: recognized by the public) and being successful.

And also a difference between being famous and being successful.

Someone can be very successful, yet obscure to public recognition, and someone else may be very well-known or famous, and not financially successful as people would tend to infer,

Others have both, and others have neither. :(

Above all, I believe I'm successful, in that I'm doing what I set out to do in life. I also feel I'm just well-known enough to get a taste of fame, and that's fine with me. If anyone suggested I was actually famous, I'd have to question exactly what that means.

Bermuda

Xero Talent 04-20-2012 03:25 PM

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Quote:

Originally Posted by bermuda (Post 990460)
If anyone suggested I was actually famous, I'd have to question exactly what that means.

Bermuda

Yeah, agreed. It depends on how one measures fame.

If it means being on TMZ or have a celebrity fragrance, then no thanks - I'd rather be unknown.

Zickos 04-20-2012 04:23 PM

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Nah, I'm already a legend in my own mind.:-)

deltdrum 04-20-2012 10:27 PM

Re: Do you want to be famous?
 
My prof. actually created a thread on the school message board and just sent me one of the responses. I'm kind of suprised how into this I'm getting, especially for being an Information Systems (business) Major.

This is an interesting take. I'm not religious AT ALL, but I am interested in how others think...

Yes, the desire to be famous is self worship, ego, and pride.

These are great sins that separate man from God and make man generally difficult to be around and deal with.

It is the one over arching sin. The sin from which all other sin is born from.

I will steal from you because I come first.
I will sleep with her because my pleasure comes before honoring women.
I will lie to you to protect myself because I come first.
I will disrespect my parents because I feel like it and my desire comes first.
I am angry with you because you dare to upset me and my wants.
I reject God because He really comes first and that doesn't jive with me coming first.

Point out any problem in the world or any sin and I will show you selfish pride at the root of it.

GRUNTERSDAD 04-21-2012 12:22 AM

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I have no desire to be famous. It usually brings much hassle. I do however like to entertain and to be entertained. As for spending time doing rudiments in a small room and needing someone to see the results of that work, God forbid they don't mention it even if they observe or enjoy it because you and your ego are in for a big fall.

shambo 04-21-2012 12:39 AM

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I don't want anything to do with fame.
Successful sure...famous no.
Seems fame in today's world tends to bring a lot more bad along with it...constant contact, media, and ridicule. I couldn't handle it.

Ian Williams 04-21-2012 12:47 AM

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I am a successful man and a lowly drummer...It's good enough for me! :*)

deafdrummer 04-22-2012 02:56 AM

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Quote:

Originally Posted by deltdrum (Post 990403)
Something that was brought up in my philosophy class today... Is there anything wrong with wanting to be famous?

I have wondered about that myself. No, I don't. I don't want people hounding me, invading my privacy, being required to do certain things in certain ways that isn't good for me or is against my principles.

I don't have anything to prove to myself anymore as a drummer, as far as whether I am worthy. I can improve on my drumming and such, but I don't need to showboat... I've reached a point in my life where I've learned that I want to SIMPLY BE, kind of like a cave person. To simply be. I don't need to "be this" or "be that." Just simply be.

And here, I start down a slippery slope off-topic. It's one reason why I went into learning the didgeridoo very recently. There's nothing like it in western music, though it is classified as a brass aerophone. The story is, I apparently lost my hearing as a baby (and started talking very early, too, until I started losing it after the first year). I was not discovered to be deaf until I was seven and a half. I had already been pulled from first grade and placed in a school for kids with developmental disabilities by the time I was found to be deaf. By then, I had spent a long time not knowing what was going on around me, including what friends were saying to me or what this place I later found out was a church was for. By that time at eight and a half, it was too late. My worldview of my connection to this world had already formed. If I was to be told how to think, it was too late. My stepmother would tell you that I was a wild child, more in the sense of a feral child rather than the troublemaker type.

I have been asked in a joking way if I'm on drugs when I come up with off-the-wall stuff, "Have you been smoking something?" I tell them, "No, as I don't need to because I'm there already!" I don't NEED drugs to reach that place because I'm always there. I think people lose access to that place early as children, and I believe explains why the world is the way it is today. We're too civilized.

The didge provides for me a better medium to remember to stay in the time when I didn't know what time was or what a calendar or clock was for (I think I was 10 before I learned to tell time - I was way behind in those days). I just knew that the sun rose, and I could go play, and the sun set, meaning it was bed time and would be frightened at night of the darkness. I think this explains the lull in my drumming, and I've fallen out with the destructive tendencies of rock musicians (I'm low-fat-cooked-vegan trying to go raw and STAY there). I love the music, but I just can't stand what people I play with do to themselves. That goes for the audience, too. It's like, "Why play for these people? I'm saddened by their apparent willingness to destroy themselves and die." I may find similar circumstances with people in a drum circle or didge circle, BUT the didge is a lot better for solo playing and relaxation than a drumset on my own time because it can take over an hour to settle back down after playing drums.

I guess I'm trying to say that my tendencies as a deaf person leads me to want to simply be, do what I want. It's hard to do that when you have a lot of expectations placed on you by a lot of people; they want you to dress a certain way, act a certain way, do certain things, and you keep having to push back that line while staying in the loop of opportunity. I'm willing to give up being famous for the feeling of being happy to simply be... And maybe simply being myself will lead me to people who appreciate that and want to play with me. Right now, I'm exploring.

GRUNTERSDAD 04-22-2012 03:02 AM

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Famous is something you become, not something you strive for.

larryace 04-22-2012 03:04 AM

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Quote:

Originally Posted by deltdrum (Post 990567)
My prof. actually created a thread on the school message board and just sent me one of the responses. I'm kind of suprised how into this I'm getting, especially for being an Information Systems (business) Major.

This is an interesting take. I'm not religious AT ALL, but I am interested in how others think...

Yes, the desire to be famous is self worship, ego, and pride.

These are great sins that separate man from God and make man generally difficult to be around and deal with.

It is the one over arching sin. The sin from which all other sin is born from.

I will steal from you because I come first.
I will sleep with her because my pleasure comes before honoring women.
I will lie to you to protect myself because I come first.
I will disrespect my parents because I feel like it and my desire comes first.
I am angry with you because you dare to upset me and my wants.
I reject God because He really comes first and that doesn't jive with me coming first.

Point out any problem in the world or any sin and I will show you selfish pride at the root of it.

That's cool! I would have to concur.

Quote:

Originally Posted by shambo (Post 990597)
I don't want anything to do with fame.
Successful sure...famous no.
Seems fame in today's world tends to bring a lot more bad along with it...constant contact, media, and ridicule. I couldn't handle it.

Shambo, I'm with you man. I need my privacy.
Shambo, your avatar both fascinates and disturbs me. Who IS that guy?

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Originally Posted by deafdrummer (Post 990899)
I have wondered about that myself. No, I don't. I don't want people hounding me, invading my privacy, being required to do certain things in certain ways that isn't good for me or is against my principles.

I don't have anything to prove to myself anymore as a drummer, as far as whether I am worthy. I can improve on my drumming and such, but I don't need to showboat... I've reached a point in my life where I've learned that I want to SIMPLY BE, kind of like a cave person. To simply be. I don't need to "be this" or "be that." Just simply be.

And here, I start down a slippery slope off-topic. It's one reason why I went into learning the didgeridoo very recently. There's nothing like it in western music, though it is classified as a brass aerophone. The story is, I apparently lost my hearing as a baby (and started talking very early, too, until I started losing it after the first year). I was not discovered to be deaf until I was seven and a half. I had already been pulled from first grade and placed in a school for kids with developmental disabilities by the time I was found to be deaf. By then, I had spent a long time not knowing what was going on around me, including what friends were saying to me or what this place I later found out was a church was for. By that time at eight and a half, it was too late. My worldview of my connection to this world had already formed. If I was to be told how to think, it was too late. My stepmother would tell you that I was a wild child, more in the sense of a feral child rather than the troublemaker type.

I have been asked in a joking way if I'm on drugs when I come up with off-the-wall stuff, "Have you been smoking something?" I tell them, "No, as I don't need to because I'm there already!" I don't NEED drugs to reach that place because I'm always there. I think people lose access to that place early as children, and I believe explains why the world is the way it is today. We're too civilized.

The didge provides for me a better medium to remember to stay in the time when I didn't know what time was or what a calendar or clock was for (I think I was 10 before I learned to tell time - I was way behind in those days). I just knew that the sun rose, and I could go play, and the sun set, meaning it was bed time and would be frightened at night of the darkness. I think this explains the lull in my drumming, and I've fallen out with the destructive tendencies of rock musicians (I'm low-fat-cooked-vegan trying to go raw and STAY there). I love the music, but I just can't stand what people I play with do to themselves. That goes for the audience, too. It's like, "Why play for these people? I'm saddened by their apparent willingness to destroy themselves and die." I may find similar circumstances with people in a drum circle or didge circle, BUT the didge is a lot better for solo playing and relaxation than a drumset on my own time because it can take over an hour to settle back down after playing drums.

I guess I'm trying to say that my tendencies as a deaf person leads me to want to simply be, do what I want. It's hard to do that when you have a lot of expectations placed on you by a lot of people; they want you to dress a certain way, act a certain way, do certain things, and you keep having to push back that line while staying in the loop of opportunity. I'm willing to give up being famous for the feeling of being happy to simply be... And maybe simply being myself will lead me to people who appreciate that and want to play with me. Right now, I'm exploring.

Holy crap man...I have to ask, at the end of the day, do you feel your early experience was an advantage for you or disadvantage? One would think disadvantage by default but you never know.

Mad About Drums 04-22-2012 03:14 AM

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Quote:

Originally Posted by larryace (Post 990904)
Shambo, your avatar both fascinates and disturbs me. Who IS that guy?

It's Emperor Ming...

... now, was that really helping :))

... I bet you don't know who is Emperor Ming Larry, Am I right?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AMEc_MiLmgw

larryace 04-22-2012 03:15 AM

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Was he in the Dead Kennedys?

Netz Ausg 04-22-2012 03:53 AM

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Quote:

Originally Posted by larryace (Post 990910)
Was he in the Dead Kennedys?

lol

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Pollyanna 04-22-2012 04:16 AM

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Quote:

Originally Posted by deafdrummer (Post 990899)
I have wondered about that myself. No, I don't. I don't want people hounding me, invading my privacy, being required to do certain things in certain ways that isn't good for me or is against my principles.

I don't have anything to prove to myself anymore as a drummer, as far as whether I am worthy. I can improve on my drumming and such, but I don't need to showboat... I've reached a point in my life where I've learned that I want to SIMPLY BE, kind of like a cave person. To simply be. I don't need to "be this" or "be that." Just simply be.

And here, I start down a slippery slope off-topic. It's one reason why I went into learning the didgeridoo very recently. There's nothing like it in western music, though it is classified as a brass aerophone. The story is, I apparently lost my hearing as a baby (and started talking very early, too, until I started losing it after the first year). I was not discovered to be deaf until I was seven and a half. I had already been pulled from first grade and placed in a school for kids with developmental disabilities by the time I was found to be deaf. By then, I had spent a long time not knowing what was going on around me, including what friends were saying to me or what this place I later found out was a church was for. By that time at eight and a half, it was too late. My worldview of my connection to this world had already formed. If I was to be told how to think, it was too late. My stepmother would tell you that I was a wild child, more in the sense of a feral child rather than the troublemaker type.

I have been asked in a joking way if I'm on drugs when I come up with off-the-wall stuff, "Have you been smoking something?" I tell them, "No, as I don't need to because I'm there already!" I don't NEED drugs to reach that place because I'm always there. I think people lose access to that place early as children, and I believe explains why the world is the way it is today. We're too civilized.

The didge provides for me a better medium to remember to stay in the time when I didn't know what time was or what a calendar or clock was for (I think I was 10 before I learned to tell time - I was way behind in those days). I just knew that the sun rose, and I could go play, and the sun set, meaning it was bed time and would be frightened at night of the darkness. I think this explains the lull in my drumming, and I've fallen out with the destructive tendencies of rock musicians (I'm low-fat-cooked-vegan trying to go raw and STAY there). I love the music, but I just can't stand what people I play with do to themselves. That goes for the audience, too. It's like, "Why play for these people? I'm saddened by their apparent willingness to destroy themselves and die." I may find similar circumstances with people in a drum circle or didge circle, BUT the didge is a lot better for solo playing and relaxation than a drumset on my own time because it can take over an hour to settle back down after playing drums.

I guess I'm trying to say that my tendencies as a deaf person leads me to want to simply be, do what I want. It's hard to do that when you have a lot of expectations placed on you by a lot of people; they want you to dress a certain way, act a certain way, do certain things, and you keep having to push back that line while staying in the loop of opportunity. I'm willing to give up being famous for the feeling of being happy to simply be... And maybe simply being myself will lead me to people who appreciate that and want to play with me. Right now, I'm exploring.

Love your work, Delt.

This is weird. I just finished putting down some thoughts in the rawness thread which touch on exactly the same thing - what gets lost with innocence, how we become a little more disconnected. I guess that little idea was floating around and hit us at roughly the same time.

Good on you for learning the didge. A bass player in my main 80s band taught me to play - I got the sounds but not the circular breathing. A couple of tones of drone, the kookaburra, the kangaroo hop, the passing truck, the dog bark and a rhythmic lick I picked up from listening to a busker. Sadly, I can't play any more because the very second I pick the didge up the dog goes crazy, trying to attack the end that makes the sound :(

People often say "But women aren't supposed to play didge" and I say it doesn't count because I'm a whitey and also I'm not going to give in to some old archaic sexist rule :) Tradition is often worthy of respect, but not when it's exclusionary.

I take it you play by vibration like Evelyn Glennie does ?). What's fascinating is how absorbing music through senses other than hearing is obviously deeply satisfying too. To feel those vibrations as pleasing patterns ... it seems pretty amazing to me.

Oops, just realised this is a thread about the validity of wanting to be famous. Sure, Whatever floats your boat ... if a person has some deep seated sense of insecurity requiring the adoration of millions and impressive social standing, well, I won't judge. We all just try to do what makes us feel good.

Davethis 04-22-2012 05:03 AM

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Im already famous -
my wife recognises me imeadiately and often mobs me
My friends often stop me in the street to chat
my bandmates recognise my playing straight away - and im their first choice for any drumming gig !
got to work on the rich part of the equation though but im in no hurry ..

deafdrummer 04-22-2012 06:15 AM

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Quote:

Originally Posted by larryace (Post 990904)
Holy crap man...I have to ask, at the end of the day, do you feel your early experience was an advantage for you or disadvantage? One would think disadvantage by default but you never know.

The experience with my deafness? Both. One the one hand, I may be short-changed in the suave-movement skills of social skills, as I came along missing critical skills, and I still don't have some of them, however, even though deafness has obvious benefits such as being able to sleep solidly at night provided I wear an eye mask at night, etc., the other not-so-obvious benefit was shielding me from being taught at a young enough age to be sucked into whatever belief system was around me before I was old enough to be able to form my own worldview, and it extended the time in which I lived in a, I don't know, a lower state of civilization(?) or socialization where my mind was growing in its own direction rather than being shaped through language (though it could be said that it was being shaped visually just from exposure to technology like bicycles, TVs, vehicles, though I didn't know their names or why they worked, but it's a different thing). It's kind of like being caught between the average child and a child who lived in the wild. You could say that I hated and resented school work because it represented the cage to the child, the growing adult who wanted to do whatever, whenever, anytime, even though the highlight of the school day was always the playtime or lunch time. That would be true of children in general, but it was even stronger in me because I didn't receive the sort of teaching through language of how to be until much later. It was almost like during that time, I was one foot out from going into the wild and never found again, following that natural instinct to simply be.

It was hard...

deafdrummer 04-22-2012 06:26 AM

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Quote:

Originally Posted by Pollyanna (Post 990924)
I take it you play by vibration like Evelyn Glennie does ?). What's fascinating is how absorbing music through senses other than hearing is obviously deeply satisfying too. To feel those vibrations as pleasing patterns ... it seems pretty amazing to me.

Sorry to hijack, but I want to clear up a common misconception. No, I don't. When I'm at home plugged into my sound board, everything I experience musically comes down that headphone wire (which is plugged into my hearing aids). I hear it. I don't feel it. To me, feeling it like some deaf people supposedly do has no comparison to actually hearing it because there is a LOT of auditory information that can't possibly be felt by a human, such as the difference between an oboe and a clarinet, a man's voice and a woman's voice singing in the same register (so that you can't mistake one for the other in a song), or an Ovation guitar from a Les Paul. No way. Sorry :-)

Pollyanna 04-22-2012 07:08 AM

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Quote:

Originally Posted by deafdrummer (Post 990944)
Sorry to hijack, but I want to clear up a common misconception. No, I don't. When I'm at home plugged into my sound board, everything I experience musically comes down that headphone wire (which is plugged into my hearing aids). I hear it. I don't feel it. To me, feeling it like some deaf people supposedly do has no comparison to actually hearing it because there is a LOT of auditory information that can't possibly be felt by a human, such as the difference between an oboe and a clarinet, a man's voice and a woman's voice singing in the same register (so that you can't mistake one for the other in a song), or an Ovation guitar from a Les Paul. No way. Sorry :-)

Ta for the info DD. If you are using a hearing aid does that mean you can hear a little bit?

shambo 04-22-2012 08:52 AM

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Quote:

Originally Posted by larryace (Post 990910)
Was he in the Dead Kennedys?

Ming the Merciless from the horrible, yet awesome 80's Flash Gordon movie...I think his brother was in the DK's;)

deafdrummer 04-22-2012 05:45 PM

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Quote:

Originally Posted by Pollyanna (Post 990951)
Ta for the info DD. If you are using a hearing aid does that mean you can hear a little bit?

The only valid reason for wearing hearing aids for me. I have residual hearing, and I make great use of it, as you can see from my posts. That's why I know there's no comparison between feeling things and hearing them. My hearing is rudimentary compared to yours. I can't pick apart guitars from each other, tell you what melodies they are playing or what key it sounds to be in, never mind if that's an Ovation playing on a CD. However, I can tell pitches and tune instruments, but in restricted environments (don't ask me to tune a bass guitar on the fly in the middle of a song, though I can get a didge drone going and tune my voice to it, an octave above and either a fourth or a fifth above it (need to check it on a piano)).

davemacleod 04-22-2012 06:19 PM

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Quote:

Originally Posted by bermuda
Someone can be very successful, yet obscure to public recognition

This is so VERY true of many session drummers - I see a distinct divide between successful drummers: the ones who come out with DVDs and truckloads of "promo" material, and the ones who are far too busy in the studio to do any of that.

I have the utmost respect and admiration for drummers from both sides of the divide, but the devide very tangibly exists.

If I'm completely honest, I would rather be on the "promo" side of the divide...not because I have huge confidence in my ability or skill (I don't), but because one thing I love more than playing is teaching by playing - which is precisely what clinicians do, and they get recognition for it; not for being a person, but for the hard graft that they put in to get where they are!

Pollyanna 04-23-2012 02:09 AM

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Quote:

Originally Posted by deafdrummer (Post 991010)
The only valid reason for wearing hearing aids for me. I have residual hearing, and I make great use of it, as you can see from my posts. That's why I know there's no comparison between feeling things and hearing them. My hearing is rudimentary compared to yours. I can't pick apart guitars from each other, tell you what melodies they are playing or what key it sounds to be in, never mind if that's an Ovation playing on a CD. However, I can tell pitches and tune instruments, but in restricted environments (don't ask me to tune a bass guitar on the fly in the middle of a song, though I can get a didge drone going and tune my voice to it, an octave above and either a fourth or a fifth above it (need to check it on a piano)).

Ta again DD - it's a whole other world. Seems like you hear a bit like my Dad. Did a test on him and he only goes to 6kHz. He says "what?" a lot because he's too cool to wear hearing aids.

Vegas Island 04-23-2012 05:50 AM

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Quote:

Originally Posted by GRUNTERSDAD (Post 990901)
Famous is something you become, not something you strive for.

F&ckin-A right! You should get fame because you are GOOD at what you do. Unfortunately some people are famous for having pretty much damn near no true talent. Examples: Kim Kardashian (big ass) & Paris Hilton (money, and if I may she should use some to buy some tits and a brain!).

Ian Williams 04-24-2012 08:27 PM

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Famous as an snake in a sleeping bag...?

dmacc 04-24-2012 10:09 PM

Re: Do you want to be famous?
 
I'd settle for gainfully employed in a field I'm good at and actually enjoy.

Screw famous.... I hate it when people I barley know stop to make small talk with me at a gig.

Pollyanna 04-25-2012 08:17 AM

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Quote:

Originally Posted by Vegas Island (Post 991181)
... Unfortunately some people are famous for having pretty much damn near no true talent. Examples: ... Paris Hilton (money, and if I may she should use some to buy some tits and a brain!).

The dumb blonde thing is a cliche and doesn't apply to Paris, although she plays up the cliche for laughs: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=khE6v1mL0q4


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Originally Posted by dmacc (Post 991839)
Screw famous.... I hate it when people I barely know stop to make small talk with me at a gig.

Me too. Being famous is for extroverts.

Ian Williams 04-25-2012 09:10 AM

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Yes he was...Jello Biafra! :*)

Quote:

Originally Posted by shambo (Post 990960)
Ming the Merciless from the horrible, yet awesome 80's Flash Gordon movie...I think his brother was in the DK's;)


inneedofgrace 04-25-2012 06:10 PM

Re: Do you want to be famous?
 
Be careful what you wish for. I like being able to go out in public and not have to worry about people coming up to me. There is a certain comfort in flying under the radar.

Although there have been some very well known drummers, lead singers and guitarists are usually more well known. Other than Buddy Rich, there aren't too many famous bands named after the drummer. As opposed to Huey Lewis, Bon Jovi, Doughtry, Tom Petty, Pat Benatar, etc.

When I sing lead vocals on my songs, I can see people craning their necks to see who is singing. They look at all the other band members first, and then they are very surprised when they finally figure out the drummer is singing (process of elimination). At our next gig, we are going to start the night off playing a series of accoustic songs, and I am going to stand up front, singing and playing some light percussion. This should be interesting!

The Gedge 04-26-2012 05:48 PM

Re: Do you want to be famous?
 
I don't care if I'm famous or not; I just want the feeling of playing to a crowd and knowing they love the music, whether or not they know me.

Arky 04-26-2012 06:24 PM

Re: Do you want to be famous?
 
On topic: No. I want to be rich! 'Cause when you're rich you can buy fame (and an SQ2, and hi-end cymbals, and even more guitars, and a decent mixing desk, etc.).
Doesn't necessarily work the other way round.

[Just kidding but I think the above correlation is true though.]

inneedofgrace 04-26-2012 08:42 PM

Re: Do you want to be famous?
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by The Gedge (Post 992481)
I don't care if I'm famous or not; I just want the feeling of playing to a crowd and knowing they love the music, whether or not they know me.

I'm still waiting for this. ;)

Otto 05-18-2012 04:54 AM

Re: Do you want to be famous?
 
Depends on what you plan to do with the fame.


alright..my next band will be called The Ming Kennedys...well..no it wont..but thats a great name...especially beacause the first search returned by google for the name references NASA.

oh, and by the way defdrummer...you kick ass...having the cognitive envelope to extrapolate musical perception to augment limited frequency perception is astounding.

Midnite Zephyr 05-18-2012 06:24 AM

Re: Do you want to be famous?
 
Not really because then I would have to answer a lot of dumb questions.

Midnite Zephyr 05-18-2012 06:28 AM

Re: Do you want to be famous?
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by Pollyanna (Post 992008)
The dumb blonde thing is a cliche and doesn't apply to Paris, although she plays up the cliche for laughs: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=khE6v1mL0q4




Me too. Being famous is for extroverts.

Pollyanna, don't you want to be famous?

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