Mr Gergo Borlai with the Kaltenaker trio '07 drum solo. The video is on his page on this site. The caption reads "the big solo". I watch it continuously for inspiration. He makes four drums sound like twenty.
I went to see Bill Laurance (Snarky Puppy pianist/keyboard player) with my sister and a few friends. My sister remarked after Robert 'Sput' Seawright's solo that it was the first time she had ever felt close to tears from a drum solo. I guess drums are normally dependent on some sort of musical context in order to fully convey emotion, but they can.
I was more into the Beatles than the Monkees. Especially Paul
It was a much older piece of music. Black and white. It was a theme they played before movies - not the fanfare before the lion roar, tho It's all very vague now, being about a half century ago ... there were schmaltzy strings, I think. Maybe some weird resonant frequency thing ...?
I have tried to generate a melancholic emotive response with purely drums...I have yet to find success.
We can get the ultra aggressive response far easier than something like a flute...but not sadness.
I've wondered if its about loss of a moment...where something that holds sustained pitches can create something to be lost, the relative fast attack/decay of the 'drum set' creates a mindset in the listener where they are ready for the lost moment.
I came about this hypothesis from an observation that the closest thing I could do on a drum set was a tight even roll...or a cymbal swell.
Tears of joy...sure...my own as well as others...but not melancholy.
There's been 1-2 times i've gotten wet eyes on stage.
Each time, it was the song's content evoking a potent emotional response.
My drumming allowed me to emote in a very ideal way.
"Do you Realize? That happiness makes you cry" - The Flaming Lips