Originally Posted by wsabol
There is something I'm alittle confused about though: this drummer/singer business. Normally when there is a singer, the relationship is singer/band, not singer/drummer. The band is there to support the singer. I understand arranging the song around the lyrics, but I really don't think its the drummer's job or anyone else's to play to their own interpretation of the lyrics. Their should be one interpretation of the lyrics and the band should play it as one. For instance, not to pick on larry, but his decision to get quieter in the a dramatic part of that song he talked about. I don't think that's a bad idea, but if the rest of the band isn't doing it, I wouldn't if were in Larry's shoes. I think it would sound like a mistake more than anything.
what do you guys think?
You make a valid point, it is a whole band thing. But in Larry's defense, it's the drummer, often more than any other instrument, that controls the bands dynamics. If the guitars plays a quiet section while the drummer is still full bore, no one would notice. If the drummer brings it down, everyone notices.